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The April 3rd Incident

The April 3rd Incident by Yu Hua
Nov 13, 2018 | 224 Pages
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“Accomplished, genre-bending. . . . Yu’s devastating wit and morbid humor are on full display. . . . Collected from work written by the author in the 1980s and ’90s, the stories are formally experimental, indicative of a burgeoning period in Chinese literature and society. In the title story, Yu takes the reader on a Calvino-esque journey of time loops, characters who are not as they are purported to be, and conspiracy theories, as the protagonist grows suspicious that his friends and family around him are in on a long con that will come to a head on April 3rd. . . . Surreal, humorous, and unexpectedly poignant, Yu’s collection will satisfy fans and readers new to his writing alike.” Publishers Weekly

“Written at the beginning of the stellar career of China’s globally acclaimed writer Yu, that is from 1987–91, these seven stories are finally making their English-language debut. While structurally this collection reveals how literature was opening up and changing in sync with the growing Chinese economy, the character-driven content comments more on human nature than politics. . . . [This] collection shows that his literary prowess and mastery were present from the start.”
—Jennifer Rothschild, Booklist

Table Of Contents


Translator’s Note vii

As the North Wind Howled 3

The April 3rd Incident 9

Death Chronicle 69

In Memory of Miss Willow Yang 79

Love Story 125

A History of Two People 137

Summer Typhoon 145

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