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The Day the Sun Died

The Day the Sun Died

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In a little village nestled in the Balou mountains, fourteen-year-old Li Niannian and his parents run a funeral parlor. One evening, he notices a strange occurrence. Instead of preparing for bed, more and more neighbors appear in the streets and fields, carrying on with their daily business as if the sun hadn’t already set. Li Niannian watches, mystified. As hundreds of residents are dream walking, they act out the desires they’ve suppressed during waking hours. Before long, the community devolves into chaos, and it’s up to Li Niannian and his parents to save the town before sunrise.

Yan Lianke was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the Man Asian Literary Prize, and the Prix Femina Étranger. He has received two of China’s most prestigious literary honors for several of his books, the Lu Xun Prize and the Lao She Award. He was awarded the Franz Kafka Prize, was twice a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize.

Additional Information:

  • Author: Yan Lianke. Translator: Carlos Rojas
  • Published 2019
  • 352 pages, softcover
  • 8 1/3 X 5 ½ inches


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