Posted on January 15, 2019 at 10:13 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Depending on your feelings about a certain classic it’s compared to, you may or may not find yourself interested in Yan Lianke’s novel The Day the Sun Died.
In it, the residents of a small Chinese village spend a twenty-four-hour span — similar to James Joyce’s Ulysses, though this one has no light, as you might guess — sleepwalking in dangerous, gruesome ways.
Yan acknowledges that the novel is a bit of a metaphor for contemporary Chinese society but prefers to call it a predictive allegory.
Through a translator, he discussed his new book and writing background with Weekend Edition’s Scott Simon.
You can listen below or read the transcript on NPR’s website.
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