Over the holidays, I’ve had the opportunity to read Red Sorghum, the masterpiece novel by last year’s winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Mo Yan. Set during the Japanese occupation of Manchuria, the novel tells the stories of people trying to survive with some form of personal dignity under conditions of social collapse and extreme violence. I found it an unflinching novel exploring how the characters cope with living in a cruel and depraved world that is partly of their own making. Red Sorghum easily makes it onto my personal top-100 list of best books ever.
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