“You’re stepping on my shadow, please back off,” she said.

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

Asian Review of Books Review Chilli Bean Paste Clan

http://asianreviewofbooks.com/content/the-chilli-bean-paste-clan-by-yan-ge/?fbclid=IwAR2ep8_jE1WmnkT2Fwfi9dT8emRX5U4YrKI8GX9onrbLcfq140G7IXgi3jI

The narrator of the story, who is the absent daughter of the main protagonist Xue Shengqiang, describes Pingle as a “piddling little town, where walking from East Street to West Street only took fifteen minutes.” And Pingle was all about mala, the numbing heat born of mixing chilli bean paste and Sichuan peppers. The narrator explains that the “townsfolk grew up with a hole in their tongues. In fact, they were almost born eating Sichuan pepper powder.” And for Xue Shengqiang, mala is a key thread in his story––the sweat it induces, the sex it inspires, and the fiery temper and constant stream of expletives it arouses. They’re all connected. As the omniscient narrator explains it, “Dad used to pepper his love-making with a lot of swearing.”

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