[Ebook] 日熄 By Yan Lianke – Writerscompany.co.uk

日熄 The Reality Of Life In China Today Contrasts With The Sunny Optimism Of The Chinese Dream In This Gripping, Gruesome Dystopia From One Of The Masters Of Modern Chinese Literature Jung Chang One Dusk In Early June, In A Town Deep In The Balou Mountains, Fourteen Year Old Li Niannian Notices That Something Strange Is Going On As The Residents Would Usually Be Settling Down For The Night, Instead They Start Appearing In The Streets And Fields There Are People Everywhere.Li Niannian Watches, Mystified But Then He Realises The People Are Dreamwalking, Carrying On With Their Daily Business As If The Sun Hadn T Already Gone Down And Before Too Long, As And People Succumb, In The Black Of Night All Hell Breaks Loose.Set Over The Course Of One Night, The Day The Sun Died Pits Chaos And Darkness Against The Sunny Optimism Of The Chinese Dream Promoted By President Xi Jinping We Are Thrown Into The Middle Of An Increasingly Strange And Troubling Waking Nightmare As Li Niannian And His Father Struggle To Save The Town, And Persuade The Beneficent Sun To Rise Again.Praise For Yan Lianke S Books Nothing Short Of A Masterpiece Guardian A Hyper Real Tour De Force, A Blistering Condemnation Of Political Corruption And Excess Financial Times Mordant Satire From A Brave Fabulist Daily MailExuberant And Imaginative Sunday TimesI Can Think Of Few Better Novelists Than Yan, With His Superlative Gifts For Storytelling And Penetrating Eye For Truth New York Times Book Review A surreal nightmare disguising social commentary I believe this novel lost a bit in translation The translation may have been accurate, but repetitions of phrases and unvaried word choices reduced my enjoyment of the novel. Reading this novel is exactly like listening to someone tell you their dream, where it takes them about four hours to tell you the whole thing, and it is a well known fact that listening to someone tell you about their dream is never quite as interesting dreaming it yourself. In 2012, President Xi Jinping first talked about the Chinese Dream , a concept that aims to translate the American Dream into Chinese cultural concepts and, by that, is meant to capture a specifically Chinese version of the strife for success, prosperity and happiness Author Yan Lianke knows that the line between a dream and a nightmare can be a thin one, and that dreams might give free reign to our subconscious urges and fears The Day the Sun Died is his novel about the Chinese dream, and, as many of Yan Lianke s satirical and critical works, the book has not been published in Mainland China Our protagonist is 14 year old Li Niannian who lives in Gaotian Village which actually exists and whose parents own a shop that sells items for funeral rituals His uncle has become rich as the owner of the local crematorium the party has forbidden to bury the dead in order to save space, so all bodies must be cremated, and there is money to be earned by reporting those who try to bury their dead anyway In the story, the cremations produce corpse oil , which sells for high prices and can be used to keep machines running or to make fertilizer I guess we don t have to discuss Yan Lian Yan s latest novel to be translated into English is a poetic nightmare called The Day the Sun Died It s the creepiest book I ve read in years a social comedy that bleeds like a zombie apocalypse.The story takes place during a deadly summer night in a small village in central China Our narrator is a 14 year old boy named Li Niannian, whose parents own the New World funerary shop that sold everything dead people might need Li confesses that almost everyone refers to him as an idiot, but that s not fair He may be naive and guileless, but he s no idiot In fact, he s telling this story himself only because his neighbor, the novelist Yan Lianke, is worn out and hopeless Li tells us he s read all of Yan s books, but the experience is like asking my eyes to eat rotten fruit the first of many self deprecating jokes Until Yan can recover his inspiration, Li will have to fill in I have no choice, he tells us, but to recount everything in a halting, scattered way Hardly.What follows is an artfully organized, minute by minute description of the great somnambulism, a h

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