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The Four Books

(2015)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Man Booker International Prize Best Book (nominee)
From master storyteller Yan Lianke, winner of the prestigious Franz Kafka Prize and a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize, The Four Books is a powerful, daring novel of the dog-eat-dog psychology inside a labor camp for intellectuals during Mao's Great Leap Forward. Yan is a renowned author in China and among its most censored; his mythical, sometimes surreal tale cuts to the bone in its portrayal of the struggle between authoritarian power and man's will to prevail against the darkest odds through camaraderie, love, and faith.

In the ninety-ninth district of a sprawling reeducation compound, freethinking artists and academics are detained to strengthen their loyalty to Communist ideologies. Here, the Musician and her lover, the Scholar, along with the Author and the Theologian, are forced to carry out grueling physical work and are encouraged to inform on each other for dissident behavior. The prize: winning a chance at freedom. They're overseen by preadolescent supervisor the Child, who delights in reward systems and excessive punishments. When agricultural and industrial production quotas are raised to an unattainable level, the ninety-ninth district dissolves into lawlessness. And then, as inclement weather and famine set in, they are abandoned by the regime and left alone to survive.

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February 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Four Books: A Novel
Author(s): Yan Lianke
ISBN: 0-8021-2312-0 / 978-0-8021-2312-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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Paperback Editions

March 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Four Books: A Novel
Author(s): Yan Lianke
ISBN: 0-8021-2469-0 / 978-0-8021-2469-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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March 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Four Books
Author(s): Yan Lianke
ISBN: 0-09-956949-3 / 978-0-09-956949-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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March 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Four Books
Author(s): Yan Lianke
ISBN: 0-7011-8698-4 / 978-0-7011-8698-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Audio Editions

March 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Four Books
Author(s): Yan Lianke
ISBN: 1-5113-6173-5 / 978-1-5113-6173-6
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance
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September 2015 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Four Books
Author(s): Yan Lianke
ISBN: 1-5113-0860-5 / 978-1-5113-0860-1
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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March 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Four Books
Author(s): Yan Lianke, Carlos Rojas - translator
Publisher: Audible Studios
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March 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Four Books
Author(s): Yan Lianke, Carlos Rojas - translator
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

March 2015 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Four Books
Author(s): Yan Lianke
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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March 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Four Books: A Novel
Author(s): Yan Lianke
Publisher: Grove Press
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