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The Garlic Ballads

(1995)
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Now back in print, this epic novel of beauty and brutality, set in a landscape at once strange and alluring, paints a portrait of a people whose fierce passions break the rigid confines of their ancient traditions. The farmers of Paradise County have been leading a hardscrabble life unchanged for generations. The Communist government has encouraged them to plant garlic, but selling the crop is not as simple as they believed. Warehouses fill up, taxes skyrocket, and government officials maltreat even those who have traveled for days to sell their harvest. A surplus on the garlic market ensues, and the farmers watch in horror as their crops wither and rot in the fields. Families are destroyed by the random imprisonment of young and old for supposed crimes against the state. The prisoners languish in horrifying conditions in their cells, with only their strength of character and thoughts of their loved ones to save them from madness. Meanwhile, a blind minstrel incites the masses to take the law into their own hands, and a riot of apocalyptic proportions follows with savage and unforgettable consequences.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

November 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Garlic Ballads: A Novel
Author(s): Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt
ISBN: 1-62872-936-8 / 978-1-62872-936-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
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May 1995 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Garlic Ballads: A Novel
Author(s): Mo Yan
ISBN: 0-670-85401-8 / 978-0-670-85401-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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June 1995 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Garlic Ballads
Author(s): Mo Yan
ISBN: 0-241-00194-3 / 978-0-241-00194-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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Paperback Editions

November 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Garlic Ballads: A Novel
Author(s): Mo Yan
ISBN: 1-61145-707-6 / 978-1-61145-707-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade
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April 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Garlic Ballads: A Novel
Author(s): Mo Yan
ISBN: 1-61145-251-1 / 978-1-61145-251-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
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March 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Garlic Ballads
Author(s): Mo Yan
ISBN: 0-413-77531-3 / 978-0-413-77531-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd
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January 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Garlic Ballads: A Novel
Author(s): Mo Yan
ISBN: 1-55970-775-5 / 978-1-55970-775-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
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June 1996 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Garlic Ballads
Author(s): Mo Yan
ISBN: 0-14-025609-1 / 978-0-14-025609-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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April 1996 : UK Paperback

Title: The Garlic Ballads
Author(s): Trans Howard Goldblatt Mo Yan
ISBN: 0-14-024528-6 / 978-0-14-024528-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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June 1996 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Garlic Ballads
Author(s): Mo Yan
ISBN: 0-14-023391-1 / 978-0-14-023391-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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Audio Editions

November 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: The Garlic Ballads
Author(s): Mo Yan
ISBN: 1-978666-59-4 / 978-1-978666-59-7
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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August 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Garlic Ballads
Author(s): Mo Yan
ISBN: 1-5318-0825-5 / 978-1-5318-0825-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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April 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Garlic Ballads
Author(s): Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt (translator)
Publisher: Audible Studios
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April 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Garlic Ballads
Author(s): Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt (translator)
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

March 2015 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Garlic Ballads
Author(s): Mo Yan
Publisher: Methuen
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October 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Garlic Ballads: A Novel
Author(s): Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt
Publisher: Arcade
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