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Author: Mo Yan Narrator: Graeme Malcolm Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780698191884
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The author of Red Sorghum and China’s most revered and controversial novelist returns with his first major publication since winning the Nobel Prize.

In 2012, the Nobel committee confirmed Mo Yan’s position as one of the greatest and most important writers of our time. In his much-anticipated new novel, Mo Yan chronicles the sweeping history of modern China through the lens of the nation’s controversial one-child policy.

opens with a playwright nicknamed Tadpole who plans to write about his aunt. In her youth, Gugu—the beautiful daughter of a famous doctor and staunch Communist—is revered for her skill as a midwife. But when her lover defects, Gugu’s own loyalty to the Party is questioned. She decides to prove her allegiance by strictly enforcing the one-child policy, keeping tabs on the number of children in the village, and performing abortions on women as many as eight months pregnant.

In sharply personal prose, Mo Yan depicts a world of desperate families, illegal surrogates, forced abortions, and the guilt of those who must enforce the policy. At once illuminating and devastating, it shines a light into the heart of Communist China. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Harrowing, haunting, poignant…Mo Yan proves himself a novelist of the highest calibre.”

    Financial Times

  • “Heavily laced with ardent social criticism, mystical symbolism, and historical realism, Mo Yan’s potent exploration of China’s most personal and intrusive social control programs probes the horrors and pain such policies inflict.”


  • “The work is involved and emotional enough to require an experienced narrator who relates the pathos behind each plot event, especially considering that many listeners will have nothing more than a passing understanding of the culture in which the story takes place. Malcolm delivers a powerful performance.”


  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A New York Times Best Book of 2015

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About the Author

Mo Yan is a pen name and means “don’t speak.” His real name is Guan Moye. In the western world he is most known for his novel Red Sorghum, which was turned into a movie by the same title. He has often been described as the Chinese Franz Kafka or Joseph Heller. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2012. Among the works highlighted by the Nobel judges were Red Sorghum and Big Breasts & Wide Hips, as well as The Garlic Ballads.

About the Narrator

Graeme Malcolm is an actor and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. He has performed on Broadway as Pharaoh in Aida and as Sir Edward Ramsay in The King and I. His television appearances include Law & Order, Follow the River, and Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson (with Laurence Olivier). His film credits include A Further Gesture, The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, and Reunion.