Pow! by Mo Yan

The newest production from Glitterbeast is pretty fabulous, in that it is our first feature to promote a book by a Nobel Laureate.

Mo Yan was announced as the 2012 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature in October, and will be awarded the prize in Stockholm early next month.

His English-language publications in the US are divided between Arcade Publishing and Seagull Books, and it is the latter publisher who will be releasing his most recently translated novel Pow! very soon (shipments to bookstores are expectedto begin by the end of November).

Pow! is the story of a young man recalling his childhood in what is called Slaughterhouse Village, and his obsession with meat. It certainly lives up to the Nobel Committee’s declaration that Mo’s work “with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary.” It has elements both fantastic and phantasmagoric, and it was an honor to be able to read Pow! as it was being translated (by Howard Goldblatt).

I am also honored that Seagull’s US sales team asked me to create the short.

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