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The Explosion Chronicles

by Yan Lianke

The village of Explosion grows into a town, then a city then a megalopolis. This book skims over the first thousand years of history to concentrate on the last forty years and the crucial role of three families in this transformation. It is a parody of Communist rule which clearly applies to China as a whole as ambition greed and corruption combine to force change.

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Everyone went crazy. Pig farmers, goatherds, cow and horse breeders, weavers, furniture sellers, and house builders- all aspired to be among the small minority who would get rich first, and to be the first to get a no-interest loan from the government, which would allow them to brag and let them live a dream life.
Translated by Carlos Rojas

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To Live by Yu Hua
The Real Story of Ah Q by Lu Xun
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