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Explosion Chronicles

(2016)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Man Booker International Prize Best Book (nominee)
"A rip-roaring Swiftian satire from a contemporary Chinese master" follows a rural community's transformation from small village to megalopolis (The Economist).

With the Yi River on one side and the Balou Mountains on the other, the village of Explosion was founded more than a millennium ago by refugees fleeing a seismic volcanic eruption. But in the post-Mao era the name takes on a new significance as the community grows explosively from a small village to a vast metropolis. Behind this rapid expansion are members of the community's three major families, including the four Kong brothers; Zhu Ying, the daughter of the former village chief; and Cheng Qing, who starts out as a secretary and goes on to become a powerful political and business figure. Linked together by a complex web of loyalty, betrayal, desire, and ambition, these figures are the driving force behind their hometown's transformation into an urban superpower.

Brimming with absurdity, intelligence, and wit, The Explosion Chronicles considers the high stakes of passion and power, the consequences of corruption and greed, the polarizing dynamics of love and hate between families, as well as humankind's resourcefulness through the vicissitudes of life.

"Yan's burlesque of a nation driven insane by money is equally a satire of some of the excesses of the Chinese Revolution." - The Wall Street Journal

Genre: Literary Fiction

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October 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Explosion Chronicles: A Novel
Author(s): Yan Lianke
ISBN: 0-8021-2582-4 / 978-0-8021-2582-8 (USA edition)
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March 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Explosion Chronicles
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ISBN: 1-78470-192-0 / 978-1-78470-192-5 (UK edition)
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October 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Explosion Chronicles: A Novel
Author(s): Yan Lianke
ISBN: 0-8021-2725-8 / 978-0-8021-2725-9 (USA edition)
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January 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Explosion Chronicles
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Title: The Explosion Chronicles
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October 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Explosion Chronicles: A Novel
Author(s): Yan Lianke
Publisher: Grove Press
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