Winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature, Mo Yan’s writings cover a wide span, from short stories to novels and essays. He has been a member of the Communist Party since 1979. He had a career in the army and is today the deputy chairman of the party-aligned China Writer’s Association. His readers have long been puzzled by the disconnect between his unequivocal criticism of the state in his work and the conformity of his public persona.
His new novel, Frog, alludes to this contraction but does nothing to resolve it. It opens with a playwright nicknamed Tadpole who plans to write about his aunt. In her youth, Gugu — the beautiful daughter of a famous doctor and staunch Communist — is revered for her skill as a midwife. But when her lover defects, Gugu’s own loyalty to the Party is questioned. She decides to prove her allegiance by strictly enforcing the one-child policy, keeping tabs on the number of children in the village, and performing abortions on women as many as eight months pregnant.
In sharply personal prose, Mo Yan depicts a world of desperate families, illegal surrogates, forced abortions, and the guilt of those who must enforce the policy. At once illuminating and devastating, it shines a light into the heart of communist China.Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Author of the Month
The 2015 Canada Reads finalists have been announced, and are:
The debates, hosted by Wab Kinew, take place March 16-19th on CBC Radio.
The finalists for the RBC Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction have been announced:
The winner of this year's prize will be announced on Monday, March 2nd.Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
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