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

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

Lenin's Kisses, by Yan Lianke (review by Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore)


Life is nothing but a circus. Such is the message of Yan Lianke's absurdist "Lenin's Kisses," a tale of political lunacy and greed set in modern-day China. In this sprawling novel, an ambitious county official forms a traveling freak-show of the disabled. His aim is to raise enough money to buy Vladimir Lenin's embalmed corpse from Russia to display in China.

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