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Published on February 1st, 2013


Yiyun Li VS Pow! by Mo Yan

Yiyun Lu in the Guardian wasn’t impressed by Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan’s Pow!:

“In the 1990s, Wang Xiaobo, a Chinese writer with millions of followers, famously stated that writing was like masturbation for him – something done out of an inexpressible urge and ending with a pleasurable emptiness. Disturbing or entertaining as the statement might sound, Mo Yan, the most prestigious writer at the moment in China, seems to have confirmed that observation. Pow! reads like public masturbation; at times laughable, in the end it reminds readers that such an act should be done in private rather than in print.”

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