In this hypnotic epic novel, Mo Yan, the main seriously acclaimed chinese language author of this new release, takes us on a trip to a conjured province of up to date China referred to as the Republic of Wine—a corrupt and hallucinatory international full of superstitions, gargantuan appetites, and surrealistic occasions. while rumors achieve the professionals that unusual and over the top gourmandise is being practiced within the urban of Liquorland (so named for the astounding quantity of alcohol produced and ate up there), veteran exact investigator Ding Gou'er is dispatched from the capital to find the reality. His venture starts off on the Mount Lou Coal Mine, the place he encounters the top suspect—Deputy Head Diamond Jin, mythical for his capability to carry his liquor. in the course of the resulting consuming duel at a ceremonial dinner served in Ding's honor, the investigator loses all feel of truth, and will not inform no matter if the roast suckling served is of the animal or human type. while he ultimately wakes up from his stupor, he has nonetheless came upon no solutions to his speedily mounting questions. Worse but, he quickly unearths that his trusty gun is lacking.
Interspersed in the course of the narrative—and Ding's faltering investigation—are letters despatched to Mo Yan via one Li Yidou, a doctoral candidate in Liquor stories and an aspiring author. every one letter features a tale that Li would favor the popular author's assist in getting released. although, Li's stories, every one extra amazing and malevolent than the final, quickly commence alarmingly to resemble the tale of Ding's carrying on with travails in Liquorland. Peopled by means of outstanding characters—a dwarf, a scaly demon, a troupe of plump, delectable boys raised in captivity, a cookery instructor who primes her scholars with titanic recipes—Mo Yan's progressive journey de strength reaffirms his popularity as a author of global status. Wild, bawdy, politically explosive, and subversive, The Republic of Wine is either enthralling and exhilarating, proving that no repressive regime can stifle precise inventive imagination.