Mo Yan has published dozens of short stories and novels in Chinese. His other English-language works include The Garlic Ballads. The Republic of Wine, Shifu: You'll Do Anything for a Laugh, Big Breasts & Wide Hips, and Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out. Howard Goldblatt is research professor of Chinese at the University of Notre Dame. The founding editor of Modern Chinese Literature, he has contributed essays and articles to the Washington Post, the Times, Time, World Literature Today, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications.
"If China has a Kafka, it may be Mo Yan. Like Kafka, Yan 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."-Publishers Weekly "Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out remains a wildly visionary and creative novel, constantly mocking and rearranging itself and jolting the reader with its own internal commentary." -New York Times Book Review"