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Red Sorghum

(1991)
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Spanning three generations, this novel of family and myth is told through a series of flashbacks that depict events of staggering horror set against a landscape of gemlike beauty as the Chinese battle both the Japanese invaders and each other in the turbulent 1930s. As the novel opens, a group of villagers, led by Commander Yu, the narrator's grandfather, prepare to attack the advancing Japanese. Yu sends his 14-year-old son back home to get food for his men; but as Yu's wife returns through the sorghum fields with the food, the Japanese start firing and she is killed. Her death becomes the thread that links the past to the present and the narrator moves back and forth recording the war's progress, the fighting between the Chinese warlords and his family's history.


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"Mo Yan deserves a place in world literature. His voice will find its way into the heart of the reader, just as Kundera and Garcia Marquez have." - Amy Tan


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Hardback Editions

March 1993 : USA Hardback
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Title: Red Sorghum: A Novel of China
Author(s): Mo Yan
ISBN: 0-670-84402-0 / 978-0-670-84402-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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March 1993 : UK Hardback
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Title: Red Sorghum
Author(s): Yan Mo
ISBN: 0-434-88640-8 / 978-0-434-88640-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
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Paperback Editions

January 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Red Sorghum
Author(s): Mo Yan
ISBN: 0-09-945167-0 / 978-0-09-945167-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow
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July 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Red Sorghum
Author(s): Mo Yan
ISBN: 0-09-958083-7 / 978-0-09-958083-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow
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August 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Red Sorghum
Author(s): Mo Yan
ISBN: 0-09-957227-3 / 978-0-09-957227-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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April 1994 : UK Paperback
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Title: Red Sorghum: A Novel of China
Author(s): Yan Mo
ISBN: 0-14-016854-0 / 978-0-14-016854-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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April 1994 : UK Paperback
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Title: Red Sorghum
Author(s): Yan Mo
ISBN: 0-7493-9852-3 / 978-0-7493-9852-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Minerva
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March 1993 : UK Paperback
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Title: Red Sorghum - C Format Edition
Author(s): Mo Yan
ISBN: 0-434-88641-6 / 978-0-434-88641-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
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1991 : Paperback
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Title: Red Sorghum (with CD Disc 1) [Paperback]
Author(s): MO YAN
ISBN: 7500655630 / 978-7500655633
Publisher: Unknown
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Audio Editions

June 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: Red Sorghum: A Novel of China
Author(s): Mo Yan
ISBN: 1-5226-9527-3 / 978-1-5226-9527-1
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance audio
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December 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Red Sorghum: A Novel of China
Author(s): Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt (translator)
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

October 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Red Sorghum
Author(s): Mo Yan
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
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April 1994 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Red Sorghum: A Novel of China
Author(s): Mo Yan
Publisher: Penguin Books
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