The Explosion Chronicles: A Novel

Editorial reviews

The Explosion Chronicles: A Novel

The translation, by Yan’s regular English collaborator Carlos Rojas, is a model of clarity with a dry, ironic tone that just about matches the extraordinary sequence of events.

As much a parody of communist rule in China as a devastating critique of capitalist excess, power, greed and self-destruction, Yan’s novel is nothing short of a masterpiece.

As with Yan’s previous novels, the formal inventiveness of “The Explosion Chronicles” is impressive and its fictional universe vividly drawn.