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Please Don't Call Me Human

Please Don't Call Me Human

A Novel
by Wang Shuo
Translated by Howard Goldblatt
ISBN:
9780887274121
Description

Called "China's Kerouac" by the New York Times, Wang Shuo applies his genius for cultural irreverence to one of the world's sacred rituals: the Olympic Games. He imagines an Olympics where nations compete not on the basis of athletic prowess, but according to their citizens' capacity for humiliation--and China is determined to win at any cost. The plot unfolds into an alternately bizarre and hilarious satire of nationalism, the Olympics, and the cult of celebrity. Banned in China for its "rudeness" and "vulgarity".

Specs

Publisher: 
Cheng & Tsui
Publication Date: 
2003
Trim Size: 
5.5 x 8.25
Format: 
Paperback
Pages: 
304pp
Reviews

Shuo aspires to the surreal, dreamlike subversive comedy of William Burroughs or France's Boris Vian.

— The Wall Street Journal

Unnervingly funny... wanders into the wonderfully wild territory of mythic exaggeration.

— USA Today