Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Frog by Mo Yan, read by Graeme Malcolm.
Frog is a richly complex new novel about China's one-child policy by Mo Yan, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2012.
Gugu is beautiful, charismatic and of an unimpeachable political background. A respected midwife, she combines modern medical knowledge with a healer's touch to save the lives of village women and their babies.
After a disastrous love affair with a defector leaves Gugu reeling, she throws herself zealously into enforcing China's draconian new family-planning policy by any means necessary, be it forced sterilizations or late-term abortions.
Tragically, her blind devotion to the party line spares no one, not her own family, not even herself. Once beloved, Gugu becomes the living incarnation of a reviled social policy violently at odds with deeply rooted social values.
Spanning the prerevolutionary era and the country's modern-day consumer society, Mo Yan's taut and engrossing examination of Chinese life will be heard for generations to come.
Translated by Howard Goldblatt.
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