The Four Books, by Yan Lianke (review)

Just published in French translation by Sylvie Gentil, reviewed (in English) by Bertrand Mialeret.

In The Four Books, he recalls the Great Leap Forward, the disastrous economic reforms imposed by Mao Zedong from 1958 to 1960, and the famine that followed, claiming the lives of 36 million people. The themes of the book are in fact the madness and the suffering of men, the cynicism of the powerful, the cowardice of the intellectuals and a sense of absurdity that cannot be redeemed by religion or even human love.

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