Harrowing, haunting, poignant . . . Mo Yan proves himself a novelist of the highest calibre * Financial Times * One of China's leading writers . . . his work rings with refreshing authenticity * Time * Takes solid aim at perhaps the most notorious act of social planning the Chinese Communist Party has engineered. An expansive, fascinating cultural-political history. * Irish Independent * His idiom has the spiralling invention and mytho-maniacal quality of much world literature of a high order, from Vargas Llosa to Rushdie * Observer * There is no denying the ease and beauty of his storytelling . . . this is often difficult subject matter - but never hard to read * West Australian * Like Kafka, Yan has the ability to examine his society through a variety of lenses, creating fanciful, Metamorphosis-like transformations or evoking the numbing bureaucracy and casual cruelty of modern governments. Deftly explores the human toll of national policy and historical forces * Publishers Weekly * Frog has that wonderful sense of flipping between the mundane and the fantastic... Both heartbreaking and absurd... a tragicomic tale * Adelaide Advertiser *
Mo Yan was born in 1955 in Gaomi County in Shandong province, China. He is the author of various novellas and short stories and numerous novels including Red Sorghum, The Republic of Wine, Big Breasts and Wide Hips, Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out and The Garlic Ballads. In 2012 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Howard Goldblatt is the award-winning translator of numerous works of contemporary Chinese into English.