Golden Age : A Novel

Wang Xiaobo

Brian Nishii (Narrator)

07-26-22

8hrs 44min

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07-26-22

8hrs 44min

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Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Literary

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“The idea of how to stand up to power underlies Golden Age.” New York Times Book Review

Winner of Taiwan's United Daily News Award for Novel
A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

Like Gary Shteyngart or Michel Houellebecq, Wang Xiaobo is a Chinese literary icon whose satire forces us to reconsider the ironies of history.

Wang Er, a twenty-one-year-old ox herder, is shamed by the local authorities and forced to write a confession of his crimes, but he instead takes it upon himself to write a modernist literary tract. Later, as a lecturer at a chaotic, newly built university, Wang Er navigates the bureaucratic maze of 1980’s China, boldly writing about the Cultural Revolution’s impact on his life and those around him. Finally, alone and humbled, Wang Er must come to terms with the banality of his own existence.

But what makes this novel both hilarious and important is Xiaobo’s use of the awkwardness of sex as a metaphor for all that occurred during the Cultural Revolution. This achievement was revolutionary in China and places Golden Age in the great pantheon of novels that argue against governmental control.

A leading icon of his generation, Wang Xiaobo’s cerebral and sarcastic narrative is a reflection on the failures of individuals and the enormous political, social, and personal changes in twentieth-century China.

Praise

“The idea of how to stand up to power underlies Golden Age.” New York Times Book Review

“A tour de force satire of the Cultural Revolution, a brave and bawdy work." Chicago Review of Books

“[Wang’s] cerebral and sarcastic narrative is a reflection on the failures of individuals and the enormous political, social, and personal changes that traumatized twentieth century China.” International Examiner (Seattle)

“Golden Age is never less than entertaining, its sharp insights existing alongside endless sexual innuendo and jokes that mine humor from the darkest recesses of Chinese history." Shelf Awareness

“Golden Age, long admired in many circles, may prove a revelation to readers outside China…Bawdy, earthy, cerebral, outrageous, bleakly hilarious, and off-handedly brave, this novel is like nothing else.” Sam Lipsyte, author of The Ask

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Language English
Release Day Jul 25, 2022
Release Date July 26, 2022
Release Date Machine 1658793600
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Literature & Fiction, Humor & Satire, Genre Fiction, Psychological, World Literature, New Additions, New Additions
Author Bio
Wang Xiaobo

Wang Xiaobo (1952–1997) was born in Beijing and taught at Peking University and Renmin University of China before becoming a freelance writer in 1992. His novels Golden Age and The Future World won the United Daily News Award for Novel, while his screenplay East Palace, West Palace won the Best Screenplay Award at the Mar del Plata Film Festival in Argentina in 1996.

Narrator Bio
Brian Nishii

Brian Nishii is a voice talent and award-winning audiobook narrator.

Overview

Winner of Taiwan's United Daily News Award for Novel
A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

Like Gary Shteyngart or Michel Houellebecq, Wang Xiaobo is a Chinese literary icon whose satire forces us to reconsider the ironies of history.

Wang Er, a twenty-one-year-old ox herder, is shamed by the local authorities and forced to write a confession of his crimes, but he instead takes it upon himself to write a modernist literary tract. Later, as a lecturer at a chaotic, newly built university, Wang Er navigates the bureaucratic maze of 1980’s China, boldly writing about the Cultural Revolution’s impact on his life and those around him. Finally, alone and humbled, Wang Er must come to terms with the banality of his own existence.

But what makes this novel both hilarious and important is Xiaobo’s use of the awkwardness of sex as a metaphor for all that occurred during the Cultural Revolution. This achievement was revolutionary in China and places Golden Age in the great pantheon of novels that argue against governmental control.

A leading icon of his generation, Wang Xiaobo’s cerebral and sarcastic narrative is a reflection on the failures of individuals and the enormous political, social, and personal changes in twentieth-century China.

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