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  1. Kamil Kamil says:

    My video review

  2. Paul Fulcher Paul Fulcher says:

    Yan Lianke s The Four Books, originally published in 2009, was, in its English translation,long and ultimately short listed for the 2016 Man Booker International prize I had read it before the prize list and although I saw its merits and was pleased to see it on the longboat, it wouldn t have made by personal shortlist In particular the narrative device of the story, apparently told from excerpts from four different books was innovative but the author didn t quite bring it off And the fantastical nature of the story for me rather diminished the terrible impact of the real life events underlying the story See my review this novel, originally published in 2014, and translated into English again by Carlos Rojas, as The Explosion Chronicles, has made the longlist for the 2017 Man Booker International Whereas The Four Books focused on The Great Leap Forward, and the resulting famine, this focuses on a contemporary topic, China s 21st century explosive economic growth The same techniques are used In this case the narrative form is modelled on the Chinese form of local gazetteers, regional histories compiled by officials and local gentry from the translators helpful introduction , themselves based on the twenty four official dynastic histories that began in the first century BCE with Sima Qian s Records of the Historian.And the story, as with The Four Books, is told in a manner that blends the realistic with the fantastic and exaggerated, history with allegory, logic with illogicality In an illuminating afterword, the author explains his technique He highlights two key variations in literary history on the realist novel, absurdity, which he attributes to Kafka who makes no attempt to explain how Gregor Samsa turned into an insect and magic realism, pioneered by Gabriela Garcia Marquez where effects have causes but not necessarily realistic ones but he argues that the exceptional situation of modern China demands a new third type of literature which he labels Mythorealism While realism rigorously accords with a set of logical causal correlations, absurdity discards this causality, and magical realism rediscovers reality s underlying causality though this is not precisely the same causality we find in real life Mythorealism, meanwhile, captures a hidden internal logic contained within China s reality It explodes reality, such that contemporary China s absurdity, chaos and disorder together with non realism and illogicality all become easily comprehensible In the cohoes of today s China, once novels succeed in grasping the wild roots growing under the soil of reality, the significance of reality itself pales in comparison The Explosion Chronicles tells the story of the rapid transformation over just ten years of the small a few hundred people and insignificant Explosion Village into a 20 million population megalopolis to rival Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo or New York And the story of the three main clans in the original village, the four sons of Kong Dongde, in particular his second son Kong Mingliang who leads the transformation, Zhu Yong daughter of the village chief he deposed, who marries Kong Mingliang but plots revenge for her father, and Cheng Qing, daughter of the Cheng family, who becomes Kong Mingliang s right hand woman and lover and Zhu Yong s bitter rival The economic activity on which the villagers initially achieve their wealth is entirely parasitic Kong Mingliang encourages them to first simply steal and resell items from the goods trains that travel through the area, while, under Zhu Yong s rival, and equally successful, plan the girls of the town go to work as prostitutes in the neighbouring city, before becoming themselves in charge of women s vocational training Later as the village is first redesignated merely as a town, one of the successful businesses is a newspaper processing plant which simply copies stories from newspapers in the north of China, slightly rewrites them and submits them to newspapers in the south, and vice versa And the very pollution caused by the rapid economic development itself fuels growth In the end everyone in Explosion stopped farming, though no one was left idle The various industries and factories made this new own bustle like a pot of boiling water Every day, the sky was filled with black smoke from the factories smokestacks, producing a burning stench that you could smell in the air and taste in the water But everyone in Explosion quickly grew accustomed to this door, so much so that when it was washed away by a rainstorm, the fresh air would leave everyone with a cold As a result, the hospitals became extremely busy, having sick patients than the schools had students With this sudden increase in patients, the town needed its own pharmaceutical factories and medicinal packaging plants, and with this increase in packaging plants there also developed an increased need for tax collection and sanitation services With the rise in tax collection, the town was even busier than before, and virtually every day there was a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of a new industry Later, when Kong Mingliang recalled the initial period of Explosion s growth and development, he told me Those were good times, when you could open a newspaper processing plant with nothing than some glue and a pair of scissors I m afraid China will never see times like those again And indeed as Explosion s size and Kong Mingliang s ambitions grow, the hurdles become higher, the achievements fantastical, and the sacrifices demanded of the people and of the environment greater And the line between the history of the area and the present, the real and the fake, becomes blurred The entirety of Explosion s past consisted of reality, history, and people s memories On account of this tension between history and reality, Explosion s old streets and the new city became divided into two distinct worlds The real pigeons were just like fake ones, and the fake ones were just like real ones, but he found this mixing of reality and imitation to be completely unremarkable.Ultimately this worked better for me than The Four Books The framing device was successful and less interfering albeit perhaps, the opposite, too understated , and I appreciated here what Lianke was doing with his Mythorealism, which also seemed suited to the subject matter albeit I am not convinced that this is a new development in literature to rank alongside the innovations of Kafka and Garcia Marquez And the story of the rivalry between the four brothers and the three clans successfully maintains the narrative tension of the story to the end For me on the cusp of 3 to 4 stars, and on the cusp of being shortlist worthy but ultimately not quite making either One signature motif in the novel is how nature mirrors the economic developments and moods of the characters, with flowers spontaneously blooming or dying, and fruit trees producing crops in record time And the novel ends Meanwhile, along the bloody path that the Kong family had left behind on their way to the cemetery, there were not only flowers but also all different kinds of trees.

  3. Leah Bayer Leah Bayer says:

    3.5 starsThis is a very difficult book to review I think it did exactly what it set out to this is a satire of modern China with heavy magical realism elements that add to the farcical and absurd nature of the society portrayed I am particularly grateful for both the translator s and author s notes, which add a ton of really important context both culturally and linguistically It would have been a very different experience going into this blind.It will come as a surprise to no one that the magical realism or mythorealism as they re called here elements were my favorite aspect of the novel Much of them are nature based, with plants and animals reacting to the emotions actions of the characters If someone cries, flowers might bloom as their tears fall, or the grass beneath them might wilt away It s interesting to have the environment quite literally reflect the plot But mythorealism is used in a lot of ways there are moments of absolute hilarity like when the entire city is transformed into Vietnam during the war to make the visiting American soldier comfortable , but others are beautiful and moving for example, when the city is covered in literal shards of moonlight The story focuses on four brothers in the city of Explosion, who each have a part in raising the city from a provincial town to a megalopolis The ideas of family values, tradition, and ethics breaking down in the face of rampant capitalist corruption take center stage none of the brothers seem able to resist the allures of money, except for the youngest who, surprisingly, also seems least important to the plot The city s rise to fame starts with stealing from passing trains, and it s pretty much downhill from there As the city s star rises, the townspeople seem to forget everything that they used to value It could be a heavy handed message, but the satirical tone and constant bizarre magical elements keep it from seeming that way.My main problem was with the tone It s very stiff and formal, and the reader is deliberately kept at arm s length And the characters are exceptionally one sided I think both of these choices are conscious decisions, but they did not make for the most enjoyable read Usually the language is lush in a book with so much mythorealism, but here it seems almost stilted I do not think it is bad writing, but it s simply not my preference I do appreciate what Lianke accomplished here, even if not every element was to my taste.

  4. Neil Neil says:

    The village of Explosion gets its name from a volcanic eruption, but, in this story, its name takes on a different meaning as the village becomes a town, becomes a city becomes a county becomes a megalopolis.All this happens under the leadership of the four Kong brothers and the influence of two women Zhu Ying and Chen Qing The leadership style is a bit dodgy to say the least Beginning with theft from passing trains and encompassing re branding of news stories for sale to other newspapers through to prostitution, it seems that no moral standard is too low to be broken in the pursuit of wealth and power.It s a satire of the explosive growth of China, particularly in the modern era.I found it to be just an OK read All the way through, I was accompanied by the feeling that everything that happened was an allegory of something in China s history and that I don t know enough about the history of China to understand that allegory I m sure not everything in the book is a direct allegory or parody of Chinese history, but I couldn t shake the feeling that the author wasn t making up a story as much as he was forcing a tale through a series of bizarre parallels with the real history of his country I think this feeling is exacerbated by the use of mythorealism for example, an entire airport built within a week through the use of severed limbs, or plants that mysteriously flower when documents are waved at them etc all these kinds of things made me feel a heightened sense of allegory.I am sure that a Chinese person aware of their country s history would read this in an entirely different way to me and would see a lot in the detail and the imagery used I suspect you almost have to be Chinese to get it.

  5. Anya Anya says:

    Yan Lianke s The Explosion Chronicles follows two rival Chinese clans who, swept away by capitalist aspirations, sell their souls to expand their village into a town, city and then, megalopolis The clan members find no method too ignoble for increasing their status they resort to everything from theft, bribery, prostitution and even murder to reach their aims But for what purpose Had it all really been worth the sacrifice The Explosion Chronicles uses Yan Lianke s preferred style of mythorealism to tell this extraordinary tale, which was based on China s own incredulous transformation into a capitalist super power over the course of a few short decades In brief, the novel uses fantastical elements throughout the novel e.g., that an airport can be built in a week from bloody fingers This narrative device was not really to my taste in The Four Books , Lianke s previous novel about the tragic repercussions of the Great Leap, however, I found that it worked better for me here, in The Explosion Chronicles.In general, I preferred this novel to The Four Books I found the characters particularly the four Kong brothers and Zhu Ying to be rather interesting to follow The narrative as well, was not boring, though perhaps a bit too drawn out for my taste I felt that the novel could have been 100 pages shorter without losing any of its impact I would certainly recommend this book over The Four Books to anyone interested in reading a Lianke novel.

  6. Sidharth Vardhan Sidharth Vardhan says:

    Much readable than Four Books and reading I further helped by Yan Lianke s afterward whose style of prose despite what he says is a bit like Rushdi and Marquez who often used the absurd reality which letting your own world view be designed entirely by reading of newspapers will let you have Absurd magical events do happen here as much as in Four Books that have their inspiration in newspapers as Lianke points out Both books are satire on China and its economic development Both are written in a kind of social history way.Explosion Chronicles though is less adventurous, grounded on reality and easier to read It follows events of development of what started as a small village called Explosion with what are mostly unethical ways of making money.

  7. Katia N Katia N says:

    This is my 3rd attempt to read a book written by a contemporary Chinese author and, again, I feel underwhelmed It is probably just me I do not know the literary tradition of the country or its canon Maybe because of that I did connect with the way how this story is told It is the chronicle of life in an imaginary village in China and how it has been transformed into a mega police over the course of decade And it happened mainly through greed, thirst for power and the lack of moral standing, those weaknesses to which people not only Chinese succumb during the time of drastic and uncertain transitions It is supposed to be a hyperbolic way of telling the story But I ve seen the similar transition in my teens when the Soviet Union has fallen apart and, sadly, I could definitely believe such events taken place for real with the minimal hyperbola or symbolism It took me around 200 pages to figure out the dynamics and what I could take from this story And after that it has become too predictable to enjoy reading it There is certainly a point in this book, but it felt a bit repetitive and dry 2.5 but rounded upwards as I still keep hope to find a Chinese author I enjoy.

  8. J.M. Hushour J.M. Hushour says:

    More like 3.5 stars.Explosion is a village, then a town, then a city, then a metropolis This novel charts this evolution from the post civil war period up to, well, now, mirroring China s emergence from the Cultural Revolution period, the travails and perversions that capitalism and greed hath wrought The central quintet are the four Kong brothers and the wily Zhu Ying, wife of Second Brother In varying ways, these five, but especially Second Brother and Ying, affect and effect the monstrous mutation of Explosion There are a lot of genuinely funny, touching, and outright disturbing moments, and the novel carries much of what Yan calls mythorealism but what we might call magical realism than the other novel I read by him.I do prefer Dream of Ding Village over this one, largely as a matter of structure Explosion is written as a humorous historical work and thus you rarely get a sense of characters moods or feelings or even motivations These often come to the fore explicitly by their actions, but you never really feel like you know anyone as intimately as in his other work.That aside, I can easily recommend Yan s stuff, it is certainly unique

  9. Shawn Mooney (Shawn The Book Maniac) Shawn Mooney (Shawn The Book Maniac) says:

    I haven t read much modern Chinese fiction, but perhaps enough to appreciate the wonderfully weird way it swells, twists, shrinks, and warps In The Explosion Chronicles, Lianke amps up such gyrations to present a sweeping tale of modernizing China, centered on the town of Explosion and its two warring families, the Kongs and the Zhus.The Kong patriarch had been locked up on some trumped up charge by the Zhu patriarch during the Cultural Revolution In the early days of the post Cultural Revolution era, Elder Zhu is then publicly executed when Elder Kong rouses the entire village to spit on him until he drowns From there, the feud between the Zhus and the Kongs determines the future of Explosion.Conventional literary terms magical realism, satire, allegory, etc go some way to describing what Lianke s up to, but ultimately prove inadequate in describing the zany, provocative flurry of this novel He has his own term for it mythorealism, a non realistic style characterized by fantastical, fairytale like, even spectral elements He says it s the only way to narrate the absurdity, disorder, chaos, and incomprehensibility of modern China So, as he chronicles the growth of Explosion from tiny village to megapolis, you ve got weather ordered up by human characters You ve got flora flowering and fauna fauning, or at least showing up in the unlikeliest of places, then later most of it wilts, disappears, dies off, depending on what happens in the story Entire airports get built from scratch in a matter of hours, literally on the blood and fingers of citizens I was transfixed and discombobulated for the most part I do also admit that at around the 80% mark I was growing tired of the absurdity Then by around the 83.5% mark some new weird thing happened and I was back to being transfixed I don t like satire as a general rule, and like with any satire, I didn t have any emotional connection to these characters, yet I found the novel strangely and all but completely engrossing.

  10. Simona Simona says:

    The basic story is simple we read the chronicle about the village with the name Explosion where the villagers with the theft from the passing trains take the first steps in the development from village into the city When villagers taste the power of money, the development starts to rotate at high speed.The driving force behind the story is the greed for money and desire for power The origin of the money is not important, just as it does not matter what who is sacrificed to achieve the goal At the beginning has the main role in the story prosperity which turns into greed In the foreground are two families Kong and Zhu, drivers of development in the village, through which we monitor events decisions and consequences thereof The dynamics between family members Kong is an excellent representation of the dynamics of today s economically driven society.The story is a satirical portrait and social commentary critique of modern China, which highlight important topics such as morality ethics, respect for the traditions customs, broken families, pollution, corruption at all lavels, humility servility to foreigners themes that can be transferred to any country.The story itself is subordinated to the ideas that the author wants to highlight and protagonists are merely a tool used to achieve express this ideas.Economic development of the state take place with incomprehensible speed, on the basis of incomprehensible doubtful decisions without being aware of the price that must be paid Incomprehensibility absurdity of the actions is shown with magical realism, or as the author says with mythorealism.Probably I did not understand all the symbolism myths, but I enjoyed in the reading, especially in mythorealism, which is involved in the story with very natural and unobtrusive touch.My advice be sure to read the translator s introduction in which he explains the structure of the story and the author s notes on mythorealism, before you read the story.Complicated story, written in a satirical style, with mythorealism elements, story about the progress of society and what we are willing forced to sacrifice for prosperity It isn t fun or enjoyable read, the story is absurd, bizarre even cruel , but it is important and thought provoking.

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炸裂志 ❮BOOKS❯ ⚣ 炸裂志 Author Yan Lianke – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Man Booker International finalist Yan Lianke has been lauded for his imaginative satire and insightful cultural critique as one of China s greatest living authors Guardian His internationally bestsell Man Booker International finalist Yan Lianke has been lauded for his imaginative satire and insightful cultural critique as one of China s greatest living authors Guardian His internationally bestselling new novel, The Explosion Chronicles, follows the excessive expansion of a rural community from small village to megalopolisWith the Yi River on one side and the Balou Mountains on the other, the village of Explosion was founded than a millennium ago by refugees fleeing a seismic volcanic eruption But in the post Mao era the name takes on a new significance as the community grows explosively from a small village to a vast metropolis Behind this rapid expansion are members of the community s three major families, including the four Kong brothers Zhu Ying, the daughter of the former village chief and Cheng Qing, who starts out as a secretary and goes on to become a powerful political and business figure Linked together by a complex web of loyalty, betrayal, desire, and ambition, these figures are the driving force behind their hometown s transformation into an urban superpowerBrimming with absurdity, intelligence, and wit, The Explosion Chronicles considers the high stakes of passion and power, the consequences of corruption and greed, the polarizing dynamics of love and hate between families, as well as humankind s resourcefulness through the vicissitudes of life.

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  • Hardcover
  • 464 pages
  • 炸裂志
  • Yan Lianke
  • English
  • 15 October 2018
  • 9780802125828

About the Author: Yan Lianke

Yan Lianke simplified Chinese traditional Chinese pinyin Y n Li nk Wade Giles Yen Lien k e, born is a Chinese writer of novels and short stories based in Beijing His work is highly satirical, which has resulted in some of his most renowned works being bannedHe started writing in and his works include Xia Riluo , Serve the People , Enjoyment , and Drea.