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Cat Country Paperback – December 1, 2015

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"It's in Cat Country that Lao She stretches himself the furthest, producing one of the most remarkable, perplexing, and prophetic novels of modern China. On one level it is a work of science fiction—a visit to a country of cat-like people on Mars—that lampoons 1930s China. On a deeper level, the work predicts the terror and violence of the early Communist era and the chaos and brutality that led to Lao She’s death at the Lake of Great Peace. Cat Country is often called a dystopian novel, but when Lao She took his own life, it was an uncannily accurate portrait of the reality around him."  —New York Review of Books


"Fascinating . . . makes an ideal companion piece to George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four."  —Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

Lao She was born in Beijing in 1899 and later studied in London where he developed an appetite for English literature. Many of his works are considered modern Chinese classics, loved by generations of readers for his unique literary style and deft use of humor. His career saw the creation of works ranging from the local, Rickshaw Boy—about the moral degradation of a Beijing rickshaw puller, to the science fiction classic, Cat Country, and the much loved play, Teahouse.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Books China; Translation edition (December 1, 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0143208128
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0143208129
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 4.9 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
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