Arcade Publishing, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes books by the Chinese writer Mo Yan. Mo was awarded the 2012 Noble Prize for Literature, the first writer from China to win this most prestigious of awards. Arcade recently contacted Slicebooks about helping them make some of Mo Yan’s work available whole or sliced, which we thought was a splendid idea.
We’ve started with Mo Yan’s short story collection, “Shifu, You’ll Do Anything For A Laugh”. This collection features eight stories written over the past 20 years.
Publisher’s Weekly compares Mo Yan to Kafka:
“If China has a Kafka, it may be Mo Yan. Like Kafka, Yan (The Republic of Wine; Red Sorghum) has the ability to examine his society through a variety of lenses, creating fanciful, Metamorphosis-like transformations or evoking the numbing bureaucracy and casual cruelty of modern governments. The title novella of this collection of eight tales chronicles the story of old Ding, whose 43 years of dedicated service to the Municipal Farm Equipment Factory have earned him the honorific Shifu, or master worker. Despite this praise, Ding is abruptly laid off one month before his retirement. After contemplating his options including setting himself on fire in protest Ding decides to go with a more entrepreneurial approach, converting an abandoned bus into a cottage-for-hire for lovers. As an old man getting his first taste of capitalism, he serves as a symbol for many of those facing struggles in modern China.”
Now readers can grab just a story or two, or the entire book.