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A bestseller in China, Brothers is an epic and wildly unhinged black comedy of modern Chinese society running amok.
Here is China as we've never seen it before, in a sweeping, Rabelaisian panorama of forty years of rough-and-rumble Chinese history, from the madness of the Cultural Revolution to the equally rabid madness of extreme materialism. Yu Hua, award-winning author of To Live, gives us a surreal tale of two comically mismatched stepbrothers, Baldy Li, a sex-obsessed ne'er-do-well, and the bookish, sensitive Song Gang, who vow that they will always be brothers—a bond they will struggle to maintain over the years as they weather the ups and downs of rivalry in love and making and losing millions in the new China.
Both tragic and absurd by turns, Brothers is a fascinating vision of an extraordinary place and time.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publishers Weekly Review
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I cried through the night because of how beautiful this story is. This story is the thing I look for in a library and what I compare other books to. The talent yu hua has is unmatchable and I applaud him raucously. Now I am only 15 years old but I've read my share of books and I know a good book when I read one. The characters are astounding and how he builds the story around them is awe worthy. I still can't believe I cried because of people that don't exist except in the marvelous world this book takes me to. I now want a husband like song fanping (read the book and you'll know what I mean). I'd buy it again and again if it cost me a thousand dollars. Read it and spread the joy of reading it, I beg of you.