Title: The Garlic Ballads: A Novel
Publisher: NY: Viking Press
Publication Date: 1995
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Edition: 1st Edition
First U.S. edition, FIRST PRINTING; hardcover with dustjacket; in NEAR-FINE/NEAR-FINE condition (no marks, not book-club ed, not price-clipped; shows slight shelf wear); ships in a box. Bookseller Inventory # 00309
Synopsis: The peasants of Paradise County in China have been eking out an existence virtually unchanged for hundreds of years, until a glut on the garlic market forces them to watch the crop that is their lifeblood wilt, rot and blacken in the fields - leading them to storm the seat of corrupt Communist officialdom in an apocalyptic riot. Against this heroic backdrop unfold three intricately interwoven tales of love, loyalty and retribution: between man and woman, father and child, friend and friend. Banned in China following Tianamen Square, "The Garlic Ballads" is a bawdy, mystical and brawling novel that portrays a landscape at once strange and utterly compelling, and a people whose fierce passions overflow the rigid confines of their traditions.
Product Description: The government encouraged the farmers to plant garlic. But a glut on the garlic market leaves the farmers of Paradise County watching their crops rot and blacken in the fields. A blind minstrel incites the masses to take the law into their own hands, with savage and unforgettable consequences.
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