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Serve the People
by Yan Lianke

ISBN: 9781921145964
PUBLISHER: Text Publishing Co
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 192
DIMENSIONS: 230mmX152mm

The erotic masterpiece banned in China. 'This novella slanders Mao Zedong, the army, and is overflowing with sex,' said the edict by the propaganda ministry. 'Do not distribute, pass around, comment on, excerpt from or report on it.' The People's Liberation Army has three rules of thumb: Don't Say What You Shouldn't Say, Don't Ask What You Shouldn't Ask, Don't Do What You Shouldn't Do. And 28-year-old Wu Dawang, model soldier, is careful to abide by them. After his perfect recitations of Mao's writings and his record-breaking preparation of ten courses of food, Wu has caught the eye of the Division Commander. Wu Dawang strives for promotion. But Liu Lian, the Commander's beautiful, bored, 32-year-old wife, has her own ideas of how the young orderly can obey the fourth rule: To serve the Division Commander and (especially) his wife is to Serve the People! Their erotic exploits flaunt the taboos of Mao's cultural revolution. Set in 1967 at the height of the Mao cult, Yan Lianke's sexy, subversive masterpiece is not only a delicious satire on ideology, ambition and conformity. Serve the People! is also a moving love story suffused with desire and loss.

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