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

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

Lenin's Kisses, by Yan Lianke, tr. by Carlos Roja

http://www.groveatlantic.com/#page=isbn9780802120373%20

Nestled deep within the Balou mountains, by and large spared from the government’s watchful eye, the people of Liven enjoy harmonious days filled with enough food and leisure to be fully content. But when their crops are obliterated by the unseasonal snowstorm, and with it their livelihood, a county official arrives with a lucrative scheme both to raise money for the district and boost his career. He convinces the village to start a traveling performance troupe showcasing their talents, which are unlike anything he has ever witnessed. The majority of the 197 villagers are disabled, and their skill sets include ...

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