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The Four Books

(2015)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Man Booker International Prize Best Book (nominee)
In the ninety-ninth district of a sprawling reeducation compound, freethinking artists and academics are detained to strengthen and affirm their loyalty to Communist ideologies. Here, in this isolated part of Henan province, 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 political favor and the chance at freedom. They're overseen by preadolescent supervisor, the Child, who delights in draconian rules, reward systems, and excessive punishments, such as confiscating treasured books. But when the higher-ups raise the agricultural and industrial production quotas to an unattainable level, the ninety-ninth district dissolves into lawlessness and the intellectuals are soon abandoned by the regime to survive on their own. With his incisive, lyrical prose, Yan Lianke melds political satire and allegory in this riveting, formidable tale that portrays the absurd and grotesque oppression of the Great Leap Forward.


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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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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 Audio
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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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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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