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Brothers (2006)

by Yu Hua

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Brothers has been published in two parts in Italy; thus said, my review applies only to the first part of the novel.

I found this novel extremely moving, and I definitely wasn't expecting that, since it began telling how Baldi Li became the most famous young boy in town, after having the chanche to admire the most beautiful (pardon my French xD) ass in town. This novel looks like a pastiche, regarding some characters. But since I know very little about chinese popular culture, I can't be sure this isn't realistic. Anyway, I found the love story of Baldi Li's mother and Li Guang's father deeply moving and I found myself crying (which is unusual, for me. I never cry for love stories) many many times. I loved it. ( )
  Manua | Apr 10, 2014 |
The story of two brothers from the Cultural Revolution till the present days. A great funny, serious, satirical and sad insight to the recent history of China. ( )
  TheCrow2 | Jan 13, 2014 |
Wow. I am totally blown away by Yu Hua's ability to combine the comic with the immensely tragic. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters were well-developed and really drove this story. I do wonder if I would have gotten even more from it if I were more familiar with Chinese culture and history. ( )
  ImperfectCJ | Dec 31, 2012 |
Addressing a vow to support one another over time.
  goneal | Feb 7, 2012 |
This is undoubtedly one of the best books I have read in recent months. 'Brothers' has been beautifully translated, and is a wonderful story taking us through the tales of two brothers growing up in Liu Town, and the many difficulties that they encounter growing up in reformed China.

I find a lot of similarities in Yu Hua's writing to Mario Puzo's: he has a wonderful capacity for creating really memorable characters, and you feel as the story progresses, that you are growing up right alongside them. His writing at times is strikingly poignant, and at other times downright funny, and never breaking its flow, tells us lots of little stories, which all fluidly demonstrate the author's far-reaching skills as a writer. This has been a very difficult book to put down. Long, but thoroughly enjoyable, and I will definitely be recommending this book. ( )
  kezumi | Feb 1, 2011 |
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Brüder von Yu Hua ist ein epochaler Roman wie Thomas Manns Buddenbrooks oder Mitternachtskinder von Salman Rushdie, und das Buch hat seinen Welterfolg voll und ganz verdient – allein in China wurden über 1,5 Millionen Exemplare verkauft, und in Frankreich, England und den USA avancierte es bald nach Erscheinen zum Bestseller. Dabei ist Brüder kein feinsinniger, filigraner Text, sondern chaotisch und redundant, vulgär und obszön, blutig und schleimig wie eine frische Geburt.
added by baumgartner | editDie Zeit (Aug 25, 2009)
 
Der von Ulrich Kautz trefflich übersetzte Roman ist eine wilde und auch unterhaltsame Groteske, in der es ziemlich derb zugeht … Diese Erzählweise setzt aber sowohl der Vielschichtigkeit seiner Figuren sowie dem Tiefgang des Romans Grenzen. Angesichts der zahllosen komischen Anekdoten verlieren die bedrückenden Momente der Saga an Kraft …

Den Nerv der chinesischen Leser hat Yu jedenfalls getroffen. Der im Jahr 2005 in China veröffentlichte Roman wurde mit einer Auflage von 1,5 Millionen zum Bestseller. Und die Zensur hat die bissige Satire ohne Probleme passieren lassen.
 
Brüder ist krass und befremdlich, für Liebhaber des Deftigen aber dennoch eine grausig-unterhaltsame Lektüre.
 
"Im Okzident hätte ein Mensch vierhundert Jahre leben müssen, um zwei derart unterschiedliche Epochen mitzuerleben, ein Chinese dagegen hat all dies innerhalb von vierzig Jahren durchgemacht", schreibt Yu Hua zu seinem Roman "Brüder", in dem alle nur das eine wollen: reich werden.
added by baumgartner | editPerlentaucher.de (Jul 30, 2009)
 
Yu Huas neuer Roman Brüder beschreibt die Lebensläufe der Brüder Li Guangtou und Song Gang von ihrer Kindheit ins hohe Alter in einer Kleinstadt südlich des Unterlaufs des Yangtse, nämlich von 1960 vor der "Kulturrevolution" (1966-1976) bis zum November 2005. Erwähnenswert ist, dass sich diese Zeitspanne mit der Lebenszeit des Autors deckt.

Die früheren Werke von Yu Hua berührten nicht das Leben nach 1990, weil er, wie er selbst sagte, die großen Veränderungen der chinesischen Gesellschaft selbst noch nicht tiefgreifend verstanden hatte. Mit dem Roman Brüder begann er, sich ins gegenwärtige Leben vorzuwagen, indem er mit unzähligen Details die Veränderungen der chinesischen Gesellschaft und des Lebens der Chinesen von 1960 bis November 2005 darstellt.
added by baumgartner | editChina heute, Zhou Jian (Aug 31, 2005)
 
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Baldy Li, our Liu Town's premier tycoon, had a fantastic plan of spending twenty million U.S. dollars to purchase a ride on a Russian Federation space shuttle for a tour of outer space.
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A bestseller in China, recently short-listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize, and a winner of France’s Prix Courrier International, Brothers is an epic and wildly unhinged black comedy of modern Chinese society running amok.

Here is China as we’ve never seen it, in a sweeping, Rabelaisian panorama of forty years of rough-and-rumble Chinese history that has already scandalized millions of readers in the author’s homeland. Yu Hua, award-winning author of To Live, gives us a surreal tale of two brothers riding the dizzying roller coaster of life in a newly capitalist world. As comically mismatched teenagers, Baldy Li, a sex-obsessed ne’er-do-well, and Song Gang, his bookish, sensitive stepbrother, vow that they will always be brothers--a bond they will struggle to maintain over the years as they weather the ups and downs of rivalry in love and making and losing millions in the new China. Their tribulations play out across a richly populated backdrop that is every bit as vibrant: the rapidly-changing village of Liu Town, full of such lively characters as the self-important Poet Zhao, the craven dentist Yanker Yu, the virginal town beauty (turned madam) Lin Hong, and the simpering vendor Popsicle Wang.

With sly and biting humor, combined with an insightful and compassionate eye for the lives of ordinary people, Yu Hua shows how the madness of the Cultural Revolution has transformed into the equally rabid madness of extreme materialism. Both tragic and absurd by turns, Brothers is a monumental spectacle and a fascinating vision of an extraordinary place and time.

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Set against the backdrop of a modern-day China caught in the midst of a growing capitalism, Baldy Li, a teenage ne'er-do-well, and Song Gang, his bookish stepbrother, vow to preserve their close relationship despite their personal differences.

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