I Love Dollars: And Other Stories of China

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9780141033976: I Love Dollars: And Other Stories of China

An immediate sensation upon publication in China, I Love Dollars makes high comedy out of modern everyday life in China. In the title story, a young man, acutely aware of his filial duty, sets out to secure a prostitute for his father, only to haggle his old man out of a good time. This and other stories amplify China’s identity crisis in post-Mao settings ranging from an old Yangtze River vessel to failing factories, cheap diners, and a for-profit hospital run according to dated socialist norms. Through a cast of brilliantly drawn characters, Zhu Wen’s stories create a vivid portrait of contemporary China — its wealth and poverty, humour and chaos.

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Review:

An absorbing portrait of the go-go years in China . . . Extravagantly funny.
Jonathan Spence, "London Review of Books"
Brilliant . . . Fresh and very funny.
"The Seattle Times"
This wonderful book . . . is not to be missed. . . . Here are stories that would make anyone laugh. . . . ["I Love Dollars" is] classic comic fiction of the highest order.
"Taipei Times"

aAn absorbing portrait of the go-go years in China . . . Extravagantly funny.a
aJonathan Spence, "London Review of Books"
aBrilliant . . . Fresh and very funny.a
a"The Seattle Times"
aThis wonderful book . . . is not to be missed. . . . Here are stories that would make anyone laugh. . . . ["I Love Dollars" is] classic comic fiction of the highest order.a
a"Taipei Times"

Finalist for the Kiriyama Prize
"President Obama could enjoyably and profitably spend some of the many hours on the flight to Beijing by reading a few stories in this excellent collection."
-Pankaj Mishra, "The China Beat"
"Extraordinary . . . Zhu Wen has gifted us with his darkly comic view of the underbelly of the New China."
-Kiriyama Prize Judges' Citation
"A rollicking read . . . A lively look at the dark side of China's boom."
-"Time"
"This wonderful book . . . is not to be missed. . . . Here are stories that would make anyone laugh. . . . Zhu Wen makes a laughingstock out of China. . . . Great satire-think of Swift or Kurt Vonnegut-has frequently been outlandishly comic on the surface while barely managing to disguise the despair at human stupidity and viciousness that lies underneath. These six stories are very much in this tradition. . . . ["I Love Dollars" is] classic comic fiction of the highest order."
-"The Wall Stree

Finalist for the Kiriyama Prize
"Extraordinary . . . Zhu Wen has gifted us with his darkly comic view of the underbelly of the New China."
-Kiriyama Prize Judges' Citation
"A rollicking read . . . A lively look at the dark side of China's boom."
-"Time"
"This wonderful book . . . is not to be missed. . . . Here are stories that would make anyone laugh. . . . Zhu Wen makes a laughingstock out of China. . . . Great satire-think of Swift or Kurt Vonnegut-has frequently been outlandishly comic on the surface while barely managing to disguise the despair at human stupidity and viciousness that lies underneath. These six stories are very much in this tradition. . . . ["I Love Dollars" is] classic comic fiction of the highest order."
-"The Wall Street Journal"
"It's almost an insult to consider Zhu Wen as a man of his times. Writers like him are above that, timeless: like Catullus, Balzac or Daniil Kharms, Zhu Wen is one of those writers who seems to leap from the pages of his stories, grinning obscenely and poking the reader in the abdomen. . . . This is weird, twisted territory, but it's the familiar weird, twisted territory of Kafka's 'The Judgment' or Freud's chapter on 'The Embarrassment-Dream of Nakedness.' . . . These are primal, ancient themes; people have been telling stories like this since Ham saw Noah naked. They remain fresh in part because of their psychosexual immediacy, and in part because not just anyone can tell them well."
-"The Nation"
"Hilarious . . . Borges, Vonnegut, and Swift are suggested touchstones for Zhu's fiction. The extravagant black humor of Terry Southern, suffused with irrationality and pain, also comes to mind."
-"Booklist" (starred review)
"Comic. . . . Absurdist. . . . Provocative. . . . [A] masterful translation."
-"San Diego Union-Tribune"
"Exquisite commentaries on life in modern China . . . Modern China, as captured by Wen, is a Kafkaesque horror. The parallels to Kafka's work are uncanny. . . . Wen manages to capture all of the loathing, and paradoxically-and much to my great relief-all of the bleak humor of Kafka's best work. . . . ["I Love Dollars"] will surely elicit snorts and belly laughs from anyone with an appreciation for dark humor. . . . It might be hell to live through, but it makes for a fantastic read."
-The Millions
"An absorbing portrait of the go-go years in China . . . Extravagantly funny."
-Jonathan Spence, "London Review of Books"
"Brilliant . . . Fresh and very funny."
-"The Seattle Times"
"This wonderful book . . . is not to be missed. . . . Here are stories that would make anyone laugh. . . . ["I Love Dollars" is] classic comic fiction of the highest order."
-"Taipei Times"

Finalist for the Kiriyama Prize
"Extraordinary . . . Zhu Wen has gifted us with his darkly comic view of the underbelly of the New China."
-Kiriyama Prize Judges' Citation
"A rollicking read . . . A lively look at the dark side of China's boom."
-Time
"This wonderful book . . . is not to be missed. . . . Here are stories that would make anyone laugh. . . . Zhu Wen makes a laughingstock out of China. . . . Great satire-think of Swift or Kurt Vonnegut-has frequently been outlandishly comic on the surface while barely managing to disguise the despair at human stupidity and viciousness that lies underneath. These six stories are very much in this tradition. . . . [I Love Dollars is] classic comic fiction of the highest order."
-The Wall Street Journal
"It's almost an insult to consider Zhu Wen as a man of his times. Writers like him are above that, timeless: like Catullus, Balzac or Daniil Kharms, Zhu Wen is one of those writers who seems to leap from the pages of his stories, grinning obscenely and poking the reader in the abdomen. . . . This is weird, twisted territory, but it's the familiar weird, twisted territory of Kafka's 'The Judgment' or Freud's chapter on 'The Embarrassment-Dream of Nakedness.' . . . These are primal, ancient themes; people have been telling stories like this since Ham saw Noah naked. They remain fresh in part because of their psychosexual immediacy, and in part because not just anyone can tell them well."
-The Nation
"Hilarious . . . Borges, Vonnegut, and Swift are suggested touchstones for Zhu's fiction. The extravagant black humor of Terry Southern, suffused with irrationality and pain, also comes to mind."
-Booklist (starred review)
"Comic. . . . Absurdist. . . . Provocative. . . . [A] masterful translation."
-San Diego Union-Tribune
"Exquisite commentaries on life in modern China . . . Modern China, as captured by Wen, is a Kafkaesque horror. The parallels to Kafka's work are uncanny. . . . Wen manages to capture all of the loathing, and paradoxically-and much to my great relief-all of the bleak humor of Kafka's best work. . . . [I Love Dollars] will surely elicit snorts and belly laughs from anyone with an appreciation for dark humor. . . . It might be hell to live through, but it makes for a fantastic read."
-The Millions
"An absorbing portrait of the go-go years in China . . . Extravagantly funny."
-Jonathan Spence, London Review of Books
"Brilliant . . . Fresh and very funny."
-The Seattle Times
"This wonderful book . . . is not to be missed. . . . Here are stories that would make anyone laugh. . . . [I Love Dollars is] classic comic fiction of the highest order."
-Taipei Times

Finalist for the Kiriyama Prize
Extraordinary . . . Zhu Wen has gifted us with his darkly comic view of the underbelly of the New China. Kiriyama Prize Judges' Citation
A rollicking read . . . A lively look at the dark side of China's boom. Time
This wonderful book . . . is not to be missed. . . . Here are stories that would make anyone laugh. . . . Zhu Wen makes a laughingstock out of China. . . . Great satire think of Swift or Kurt Vonnegut has frequently been outlandishly comic on the surface while barely managing to disguise the despair at human stupidity and viciousness that lies underneath. These six stories are very much in this tradition. . . . [I Love Dollarsis] classic comic fiction of the highest order. The Wall Street Journal
It's almost an insult to consider Zhu Wen as a man of his times. Writers like him are above that, timeless: like Catullus, Balzac or Daniil Kharms, Zhu Wen is one of those writers who seems to leap from the pages of his stories, grinning obscenely and poking the reader in the abdomen. . . . This is weird, twisted territory, but it's the familiar weird, twisted territory of Kafka's 'The Judgment' or Freud's chapter on 'The Embarrassment-Dream of Nakedness.' . . . These are primal, ancient themes; people have been telling stories like this since Ham saw Noah naked. They remain fresh in part because of their psychosexual immediacy, and in part because not just anyone can tell them well. The Nation
Hilarious . . . Borges, Vonnegut, and Swift are suggested touchstones for Zhu's fiction. The extravagant black humor of Terry Southern, suffused with irrationality and pain, also comes to mind. Booklist(starred review)
Comic. . . . Absurdist. . . . Provocative. . . . [A] masterful translation. San Diego Union-Tribune
Exquisite commentaries on life in modern China . . . Modern China, as captured by Wen, is a Kafkaesque horror. The parallels to Kafka's work are uncanny. . . . Wen manages to capture all of the loathing, and paradoxically-and much to my great relief-all of the bleak humor of Kafka's best work. . . . [I Love Dollars] will surely elicit snorts and belly laughs from anyone with an appreciation for dark humor. . . . It might be hell to live through, but it makes for a fantastic read. The Millions
Brilliant . . . Fresh and very funny. The Seattle Times
This wonderful book . . . is not to be missed. . . . Here are stories that would make anyone laugh. . . . [I Love Dollarsis] classic comic fiction of the highest order. Taipei Times"

About the Author:

Zhu Wen became a full-time writer in 1994 after working for five years in a thermal power plant. His work has been published in mainland China's most prestigious literary magazines, and he has produced several poetry and short story collections and one novel. He has also directed four films, including Seafood, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Venice Film Festival, and South of the Clouds, which won the NETPAC Prize at the 2004 Berlin Festival. He lives in Beijing.

Julia Lovell is a translator and critic of modern Chinese literature and a research fellow at Queens' College, Cambridge.

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