[ Read Online 酒国 [Jiuguo] Ê media-tie-in PDF ] by Mo Yan Ì In China Brodelt Die Ger Chtek Che In Einer Entlegenen Provinz Sollen Dekadente Parteikader, Skrupellose Parven S, Die Nach Der Wirtschaftswende Zu Reichtum Gekommen Sind, Kleine Kinder Nach Allen Regeln Der Kochkunst Zubereiten Lassen Sonderermittler Ding Gou Er Wird Nach Jiuguo, In Die So Genannte Schnapsstadt , Entsandt, Um Der Fama Dieser Fleischkinder Auf Den Grund Zu Gehen Doch Kaum Hat Ding Den Fall Aufgegriffen, Sieht Er Sich Konfrontiert Mit Einer Wahnhaften Welt, Die Von Aberglaube Und Korruption, Von Anma Ung Und Gier Beherrscht Wird Die Schnapsstadt Ist Eine Virtuose Groteske, Eine Politische Allegorie, Die Das Neue China Der Toten Ideale Und Seine Gesellschaftliche Wirklichkeit K Hn Gegen Den Strich B Rstet Let them understand that food and drink play an important role not only in the physiological process, but in the processes of spiritual molding and aesthetic appreciation.
My wife and I were about to watch a film the other night when I spoke loudly during the previews, it is becoming increasingly difficult to appreciate film when the screen is constantly being obscured by references I m getting too old My appreciation for Republic of Wine thus pivoted on these gross, overbearing metaphors A town built on alcohol and the practice of eating of children Where does one even begin The literal and symbolic asides to the Cultural revolution alone boggle the modern reader Consider me boggled and then sickened Well, almost anyway There was reading as gagging sublimation underway I pushed through it, though without relief.
Mo Yan s novel reminded me of Kafka s Castle, replete with sticky tavern floors and loose women Each chapter is punctuated by an epistolary exchanges between Mo Yan and a resident of Liquorville, a doctoral candidate in distilling, as well as an aspiring author A story from the aspiring author then follows before the chief thread of the novel is resumed I appreciated the asides and stories than blind drunk narrative arc This isn t for the squeamish.
The relationship between man and liquor embodies virtually all the contradiction involved in the process of human existence and development Ethyl alcohol is one of the most amusing liquid man has ever produced Akin to meeting a boorish stranger, the first swig is not a friendly gesture, burning the innards as the alluring golden liquid tumbles down the desperate throat But, the kiss of the second swig brings a faint smile that widens throughout the breezy evening And, then as the silent third is followed by an anxious fourth and a shy fifth, the sixth one becomes audacious making the blissful visage sprout a devilish grin at the steady stream of warm blood oozing out against the glistening silvery blade as the knife stands proud piercing the center of the palm Ethyl alcohol sure does have a wicked sense of humor It vanishes pain through transient numbness only to slapdash the bloody pain back into the wretched palm when the body is liberated from the alcoholic playfulness Food too, doesn t shy from playing these malicious games, stimulating the dormant hunger into a vigorous ravaging monster Wine and cuisine, the two crucial cultural pillars defining the glorious landscapes of its country and the vibrancy if its people, enhance the spirituality and human existence of the land from where it flourishes Why do you think we have mouths Ask the residents of Liquorland To eat and drink and let our taste buds luxuriate in the world of pleasure and addiction, declare the streets of the Donkey Avenue Diamond Jin agrees and so does the horny Yu Yichi So why is the reader reluctant to accept this fact, like that silly fool Ding Gou er Isn t liquor and food one of the intoxicating couple, you have ever metIn China, which reeks of liquor, can there be any endeavor with greater promise or a brighter future than the study of liquor, any field that bestows abundant benefits In the past, it was said that In books there are castles of gold, in books there are casks of grain, in books there are beautiful women But the almanacs of old had their shortcomings, and the word liquor would have worked better than books Liquor and ecstasy have always been in a relationship since the discovery of the former The exquisiteness of liquor is compared to the elegance of a beautiful woman One makes love to wine as one caresses the curves of a woman Liquor was gold to Liquorland It was their source of exorbitant income and given its economic significance to the town, the land offered varied types ranging from the subtle Overlapping Green Ants, the sturdy Eighteen Li Red and the finest and the sweetest of them all Ape Liquor Mo Yan s surrealist bedlam is maddening as the corrupt functioning of Liquorland The portrayal of absolute arrogance and manipulation by the governmental cadres led by Diamond Jin reeks of the sadistic games that alcohol plays The ghosts of the Cultural Revolution and The Great Leap still haunt the residents of Liquorland , embedding a false sense of sanctuary in the illusionary world of monetary magnificence Money surely makes even the devil turn the millstone and Yu Yichi knew the covert pathway of patronizing the rotten officials as Yichi wanted to show the people of Liquorland that even an ostracized dwarf could fuck every pretty girl in the town The legacy of Maotai that was instated by Chairman Mao found a place in the quivering mouths of Liquorville, where materialistic greed and corrupt power brought a hallucinatory heaven reveling in the fragrant intoxication of superior wines and decadent braised meat boysDo you think it s credible he asked Could they really have the guts to braise and eat an infantStork Delivering a Son , an exceptional gastronomic dish coming out from the artistic interiors of the Culinary Research Center of Liquorland How appetizing, isn t it What the hell Diamond Jin takes immense pride in this enticing concoction of a braised chad after all he earned heaps of glowing currencies from foreign dignitaries by serving this very dish Cannibalism seems to be flavor for the moment for the ruling officials And to come to think of Mo Yan s metaphors, there is isn t much of a difference Although not literally adhering to the notion of cannibalism, still isn t the approach of corrupt officials toward impoverished lives cannibalistic So, why go to through the polite trouble of displacing the powerless impecunious lives for political gain, when like Mr Jin one could resort to cannibalism and makes the unwanted disappear into the gastronomic abyss Oh Is that cruel Then isn t scavenging helpless lives for power, animalistic Mo Yan it seems desired Ding Gou er to be a superhuman, a kung fu yielding special agent with extraordinary investigative skills What a moron Mr Yan in his quest for Ape Liquor overlooked the demonic influence of Diamond Jin and his alcoholic weapon over a man who prefers to fuck his women in an alcoholic stupor a pitiable character inebriated with his own Achilles heel Candied lotus root, Mr Ding Another serving perhapsA writer should always bravely face life, risking death and mutilation in order to dethrone an emperor The Republic of Wine has another significant plot running parallel to Ding s investigation A Ph.
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a Doctor of Liquor Studies, is an upcoming writer who heavily invests his time and acumen in a series of communicative letter with his mentor the celebrated Mo Yan Impressed by the pissing event in Yan s Red Sorghum, Li Yidou confesses to Yan that his true vocation is literature and not brewing the potent drug By being self critical Mo Yan is at his sarcastic best describing himself as a puffy, balding, beady eyed, twisted mouthed, middle aged writer , eager to take part in the upcoming Ape Liquor Festival Over the course of several chapters, the reader is in the delightful company of several short stories penned by Yidou encompassing an array of subjects relevant to the existing mayhem of Liquorland The rambunctious Yichi spreading on the ceiling like a lizard, the gloominess of strange nights on the Donkey Avenue, the bizarre inhabitant of Yidou s father in law with the apes to discover the sugary liquor Li Yidou s tales plunges into the deafening depth of surrealism enlisting folklore, political brutality, inhumane experiences, resilient swallows and outright bizarre episodes to be the symbolic core of realism Out of the odd 5 6 short stories, the one that caught my eye was Child Prodigy a story of a courageous young rebel The young boy who braved the tyrannical odds , spoke volumes of the pitiful state of a society where freethinking and liberation choices were wiped out as quickly as the diners polished the fragrant steaming Dragon and Phoenix Lucky Together from their plates at Yichi s TavernBirds die in pursuit of food, man dies chasing wealth In times of chaos and corruption, men are just like birds, to all appearances free as the wind, but in fact, in constant peril from traps, nets, arrows, and firearms Diamond Jin s beloved Liquorland is a striking caricature of the blossoming consumerism society of China As wine and food blend into a luxuriant duo, power and money make a perfect marriage corruption the pertinent legality that sanctifies this pandemonium Mo Yan s metaphorical post modern absurdity aptly illustrates the gigantic greed of money and power that have engulfed Chinese political environment Mo Yan is meticulous to keep the conundrum of corruption on the outskirts of the Central government and focusing on local political elements However, the roaring similarities cannot be ignored because no matter how or where the seed of corruption is sown, there are very few political patrons who choose not to stand in the shade of tree of greed After all, who does not love money Especially in countries where human lives are judged by their economic status, money and power are two condiments essential to make the food edible As the patriots of Liquorville brag about the Liquorland being at the helm of wealth and prosperity, China has taken pride in the quantum economic rise of the Communist party The government screams, Look, we are making you rich by bringing money and all other luxuries at your door step Why weep when you can enjoy the fruits of modern opulence But, on what cost Who will clear the debris of wasted human lives Mo Yan s chaotic prose spirals down into a messy web that at times suffocates the readers as it does to the numerous ill fated residents of Liquorland The exploitation of power, the inebriate pangs of conscience faltering with every morsel of aromatic meat and the veracity of treacherous past blinding the morality with insatiable greed not only ravages the people of Liquorville , but also the spirit of human existence Ultimately, Liquorland becomes a prosperous hoax, a land where even the industrious swallows know that a blemished nest is accepted as adulteration is a commonplace As the rich get richer and the poor are left standing on the brink of death and desperation, hi tech infrastructures are constructed on the graves of human rights, democratic voices are sliced open and wrapped in anti nationalistic fervor as they bleed to death and people like Diamond Jin become the rising star of an exotic banquet while an impoverished couple copulate to procreate a meat boyIs liquor a harmful insect or a beneficial one Liquor is everything you adore and everything you detest It either blurs agony or bestows mammoth torture It is a living pesticide The mesmerizing drops of ethyl alcohol become a thunderous metaphorical saga of a land drunk with authority and gluttony Throughout the prose the acrid smell of liquor intoxicated Ding Gou er, Li Yidou , Yichi and that rascal Mo Yan and at times even the reader myself felt the need to indulge in my own drunken fest Alcohol and food is fucking tempting and so is the chase for money and power Ask Diamond Jin or rather not, it seems that bastard has liquor moths in his stomach So, Bring in the WineSee how the Yellow River s waters move out of heaven.
Entering the ocean, never to return.
See how lovely locks in bright mirrors in high chambers,Though silken black at morning, have changed by night to snow.
Oh, let a man of spirit venture where he pleasesAnd never tip his golden cup empty toward the moon Since heaven gave the talent, let it be employed Spin a thousand pieces of silver, all of them come back Cook a sheep, kill a cow, whet the appetite,And make me, of three hundred bowls, one long drink To the old master, Cen,And the young scholar, Danqiu,Bring in the wine Let your cups never rest Let me sing you a song Let your ears attendVerse from Li Bai s poem.
The Republic of Wine is a book of extremes and exaggerations As the lone drunk staggering home from the bar goes in circles and trips over his own legs, the narrative of the story blurs, refers to itself, and gets lost in its own trains of thought But unlike most drunken reveries, this is one worth listening to sober The first story in this book is of a detective, Ding Gou er, who investigates stories of a corrupt mining village where the party bosses eat children This is a reference to Lu Xun s Diary of a Madman, but Mo Yan doesn t write to teach or instruct about corruption He writes about grotesque scenes of gluttony and decadence Our detective, as he wanders further into this strange land, grows less certain in his own grasp of reality, and he cannot rescue anyone.
The second story is the exchange of letters between Li Yidou One Pint Li and Mo Yan himself, as they move from literature to drinking, and Ding persuades Mo Yan to visit the semi real Liquorland and write literature for it disguised as ad copy The third story isn t even a unified story at all it s a collection of short stories that Li Yidou sends to Mo Yan for comments and suggestions They might seem irrelevant to the main plot at first, perhaps, but they wander in using the main ideas a boy sells himself for meat, for example, or an elfen child rises up against cannibals a la the Tiananmen Square uprising and the fictional story plays with the ideas of what is real, what is not real, and how they all fade together in a drunken exaggerated haze The story lambasts against the confusion of material consumption, and finally devolves into a five page run on sentence which evokes the final soliloquy of Ulysses, missing from the Chinese language copy I have It is a story which aspires to being aware of itself, a historical subject that is aware of the pitfalls of history and a real author may ever pass into the realm of fantasy.
Mo Yan has delivered a totally engrossing book here Actually, what you get are three books to the price of one There is the main story about special investigator Ding Gou er, who is sent from Beijing to the provincial capital Jiuguo the Schnapps Town, and eponym of the book , to investigate rumors of politicians and other VIPs who allegedly cook and eat little children This is also a epistolary novel, in which letters are exchanged between Li Yidou, Ph.
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cand in alcohol science, and aspiring writer of stories, and Mo Yan, much lauded and successful writer, who is admired by Yidou as a god like father figure Finally there is the collection of short stories written by Yidou and sent to Yan for revision and maybe publication.
All of these story lines seem rather unrelated, and I was at first only interested in the story about Gou er But somehow Mo Yan managed to draw my attention and to the letter exchange between him or someone who has the same name as him and Yidou, and then to the short stories by Yidou, and then back again to the main plot How he did this, I cannot tell it s magical As is the whole book, I guess There are a whole lot of narrative levels, and the author finally had me hooked, when a fictional character no less than an evil dwarf in a story written by the fictional character Yidou mentions the name Mo Yan, and told the lyrical I in the story that his real name is not Mo Yan, but rather Guan Moye, and that happens to be the real name of the author of this book as well So it s layer upon layer of meta fiction and I m a sucker for these kind of stories.
Near the end of the book all of these story lines and meta levels somehow converge together, and the real Mo Yan is visiting Jiuguo himself From that moment on, things are getting really weird.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a penchant for literary texts of the special kind Mo Yan is a fantastic writer The language is sometimes a bit disgusting and in some places awkward, but this may be due to the translation into German I can imagine that when translating from Chinese a lot of language nuances get lost I also think that I understood only half of the book completely Connoisseurs of China and its history will probably have a lot pleasure in reading this book Cheers This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 3.
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Mo Yan autore capace di aumentare la mia gi accertata confusione mentale.
Non so se riesco a spiegare cosa io abbia letto sino a poche pagine fa.
Ho letto un romanzo Di un ispettore integerrimo che indaga su una banda di funzionari corrotti e mangiatori di bambini brasati e che prima ubriaco e poi pazzo d a per una cmionista finir egli stesso per delinquere Almeno il nano muore.
Ho letto una corrispondenza tra maestro e discepolo ostinato che da laurenando in distillatiaffini scrive racconti sull alcol, su come si cucinano i bambini, su se stesso Racconti surreali e fantasiosi che si mesceranno e distilleranno nell opera del maestro.
Ho letto sicuramente un Mo Yan ripieno di cibo, di alcol e di Cina.
La vecchia Cina che non c pi ma che balugina in qualche angolo di strada affollata e sicuramente ritrovi a tavola, dove se finisci il bicchiere segno che vuoi te lo riempiano di nuovo per brindare all amicizia che produce affari, denaro e premio gerarchico Blatero manco dalla Cina da oltre 10 anni, le cos l cambiano rapidamente, pi velocemente di quanto si possa immaginare, simboli e mentalit moderna imperando.
Rimarranno della vecchia Cina i rossi accesi, i blu profondi, le grandi muraglie, le leggende e gli scrittori folli.
Tutta nostalgia che si riversa nel bicchiere, liquida e dai nomi immaginifici che evocano draghi e fenici, miti che nutrivano la mente quando il cibo scarseggiava.
Mo Yan finir il suo romanzo e si recher nel Paese dell Alcol a incontrare il suo discepolo durante il primo Festival del Liquore di Scimmia, si ubriacher brindando e cos la sua coscienza si render conto di aver scritto una storia brutta con un finale di fogna, ma il libro uscir ed avr questa forma.
I would like not to have had to rate this book, but for a reader to write a recommendation, GoodReads requires a rating I can see why Mo Yan might have won the Nobel Prize for Literature, because his writing style is unique to say the least His descriptions are somewhat similar to that of Franz Kafka, fanciful, weird, and often irrational For that reason alone, I stuck with the book until the end although I admit to skimming portions of it.
The story is all about an inspector who is sent to a mine to investigate whether or not the people in that community are eating baby boys The setting is in a place called Liquorland, and booze, food, and sex dominates the actions of the characters.
Howard Goldblatt, the translator, should be commended for bringing the sardonic humor into a Western reader s consciousness, because nobody except someone born and raised in China could actually get what the story really portrays Goldblatt says Few contemporary works have exposed and satirized the political structure of post Mao China, or the enduring obsession of the Chinese about food, with the wit and venom of this explosive novel none even approaches its structural inventiveness So I apologize for my two star rating It s probably a five star book, but I had a rough time getting through it Sorry Mo Yan.
I read a lot of weird shit in fiction, but I draw the line at people eating babiesI don t care what the allegory is about, I don t care how artful the imagery is and how poetic the language may be, if it involves vivid descriptions of people eating babies then consider me thoroughly disgusted The Republic of Wine is not a book for the faint hearted or for the squeamish it is not a book for most readers It uses some truly revolting themes to overtly capture its political message It is direct and purposeful, but at what cost In order to show the excesses of society, its corruptions and its unrelenting appetite, Mo Yan exaggerates to the point of utter ridiculousness I simply cannot believe that the denizens of human society would be this cold and detached from their own suffering in any situation.
They raise their babies and sell them as meat, attempting to perfect their forms in order to yield the largest amount of currency They pamper them, clean them and grow them for one purpose to be a delicate treat for the table of the elites of society Everything in the novel is treated as a commodity animals are slaughtered in the streets when they no longer have purpose as a beast of burden Humans and their babies are used in order to further the advance of communism and nation, absolutely nothing is free What Mo Yan offers is a dark reality, a twisted and pessimistic view of our own world that paints all its excesses in the most terrifying and brutal form imaginable If I could, I d erase this book from my mind completely.
Those who have spent time in China in any kind of institutional capacity know that exotic eating and excessive drinking can hardly be avoided if one is inclined to avoid Mo Yan s The Republic of Wine satirizes this situation, especially as it exists in official government circles, with the creation of Liquorland, a place that gives excess new meaning Connoisseurs drink, among other strange things, Ape Liquor, a drink actually produced by apes, and long to eat the wonderful dish Braised Baby, which actually is a cooked baby although no one should be disturbed since these meat boys, as they are called, are raised specifically to be eaten Mo Yan s satirical pen never quite knows where to stop, which got him into a bit of trouble when this book being banned in China One of the qualities that makes Mo Yan s novels so noteworthy is the way he plays games with narrative itself Here, as in Life and Death is Wearing Me Out, there is a character in this novel named Mo Yan, who as it happens is a famous writer Mo Yan and the story Mo Yan is writing eventually merge in a scene in which he either is imitating James Joyce, as he says, or is simply drunk All of this is great fun nicely carved with a very pointed and somewhat dangerous knife