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  • Published: 12 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448151172
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

Red Sorghum

A beautiful and unforgettable classic set in rural China from the Nobel Prize-winning author

Spanning three generations, this novel of family and myth is told through a series of flashbacks that depict events of staggering horror set against a landscape of gemlike beauty as the Chinese battle both the Japanese invaders and each other in the turbulent 1930s.

As the novel opens, a group of villagers, led by Commander Yu, the narrator's grandfather, prepare to attack the advancing Japanese. Yu sends his 14-year-old son back home to get food for his men; but as Yu's wife returns through the sorghum fields with the food, the Japanese start firing and she is killed.

Her death becomes the thread that links the past to the present and the narrator moves back and forth recording the war's progress, the fighting between the Chinese warlords and his family's history.

  • Published: 12 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448151172
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

About the author

Mo Yan

Mo Yan was born in 1955 in Gaomi County in Shandong province, China. He is the author of various novellas and short stories and numerous novels including Red Sorghum, The Republic of Wine, Big Breasts and Wide Hips, Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out and The Garlic Ballads. In 2012 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Praise for Red Sorghum

Mo Yan deserves a place in world literature. His voice will find its way into the heart of the reader, just as Kundera and Garcia Marquez have.

Amy Tan

Brilliant, lyrical and intoxicating.

San Francisco Chronicle

One of the most unusual and powerful fictional works of modern times.

New York Newsday

A real heir to Lu Xun, a fine Chinese writer deeply concerned with the gate of his fellow men.

Times Literary Supplement

One of China's leading writers... Mo Yan stands out in China's literary scene. His work rings with refreshing authenticity.


His idiom has the spiralling invention and mytho-maniacal quality of much world literature of a high order, from Vargas Llosa to Rushdie.