Please Don't Call Me Human by Wang Shuo

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Now Wang Shuo, easily Chinas coolest and most popular novelist, applies his genius for satire and cultural irreverence to one of the worlds sacred rituals, the Olympic Games. In Please Dont Call Me Human, he imagines an Olympics where nations compete not on the basis of athletic prowess, but on their citizens capacity for humiliationand China is determined to win at any cost. Banned in China for its rudeness and vulgarity, this astonishing, tripped-out novel is filled with outlandish antics that have earned Wang Shuo his own genre, hooligan literature.
 

About Wang Shuo

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HOWARD GOLDBLATT and SYLVIA LI-CHUN LIN are translators of Chu T'ien-wen's Notes of a Desolate Man, which was named the 1999 Translation of the Year by the American Literary Translators Association. They live in South Bend, Indiana.
 
Published July 1, 2000 by Oldcastle. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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The maverick Chinese author of Playing for Thrills (1997) has made even more enemies in his homeland with this abrasive and furiously imaginative satire on China’s haughty traditionalism, reverence for elders, and obsession with “saving face,” among other national traits.

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Inexplicably, Big Dream is whisked off by authorities to be interrogated about his involvement in a century-old failed rebellion, while the submissive Tang is dragged around Beijing by the lady general and her minions, put on public display, reeducated, dressed up in women's clothing, castrated, ...

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They've called Wang Shuo China's Kerouac in all the reviews, and yes, I suppose he is a bit, in that he mocks every facet of Chinese society imaginable in what is an almost beaty kind of way.

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