Frog is a richly complex new novel about China's one-child policy by Mo Yan, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2012.Gugu is beautiful, charismatic and of an unimpeachable political background.
A respected midwife, she combines modern medical knowledge with a healer's touch to save the lives of village women and their babies.After a disastrous love affair with a defector leaves Gugu reeling, she throws herself zealously into enforcing China's draconian new family-planning policy by any means necessary, be it forced sterilizations or late-term abortions.
Tragically, her blind devotion to the Party line spares no one, not her own family, not even herself.Once beloved, Gugu becomes the living incarnation of a reviled social policy violently at odds with deeply-rooted social values.
Spanning the pre-revolutionary era and the country's modern-day consumer society, Mo Yan's taut and engrossing examination of Chinese life will be read for generations to come.'Mo Yan deserves a place in world literature.
His voice will find its way into the heart of the reader, just as Kundera and Garcia Marquez have' Amy Tan'One of China's leading writers . . . his work rings with refreshing authenticity' Time'His idiom has the spiralling invention of much world literature of a high order, from Vargas Llosa to Rushdie'ObserverTranslated by Howard Goldblatt
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 02/07/2015
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780241967324