Shifu, You'll Do Anything for a Laugh

Genre: Fiction

Shifu, You'll Do Anything for a LaughA Novel

Performed by:
James Chen

Winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature Mo Yan, China’s most critically acclaimed author, has changed the face of his country’s contemporary literature with such daring and masterly novels as Red Sorghum, The Garlic Ballads, and The Republic of Wine. In this collection of eight astonishing stories - the title story of which has been adapted to film by the award-winning director of Red Sorghum, Zhang Yimou - Mo Yan shows why he is also China’s leading writer of short fiction. His passion for writing shaped by his own experience of almost unimaginable poverty as a child, Mo Yan uses his talent to expose the harsh abuses of an oppressive society. In these stories he writes of those who suffer, physically and spiritually, under its yoke: the newly unemployed factory worker who hits upon an ingenious financial opportunity; two former lovers revisiting their passion fleetingly before returning to their spouses; young couples willing to pay for a place to share their love in private; the abandoned baby brought home by a soldier to his unsympathetic wife; the impoverished child who must subsist on a diet of iron and steel; the young bride willing to go to any length to escape an odious, arranged marriage. Never didactic, Mo’s fiction ranges from tragedy to wicked satire, rage to whimsy, magical fable to harsh realism, from impassioned pleas on behalf of struggling workers to paeans to romantic love.

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Run time: 6 hours
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Author
Howard Goldblatt
Author
Mo Yan
Narrator
James Chen

Biography:
James Chen’s audiobook credits include Pump Six and Other Stories, The Foreigner, and Prayer of the Dragon. He has a recurring role on the TV show L&O SVU and has been in such films as We Need to Talk about Kevin and Mr. Popper's Penguins, among others. He received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his MFA from Yale Drama. He is also a member of Descendant Films.

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