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Li Xuelian married to in Yuhe is pregnant with their second child Happy news? Not in China with its one child policy It is a crime What is she to do? Her only option is divorcing before the second child is born“Once the baby has entered into the household registry we’ll marry again The baby will be born after the divorce so we’ll each have one child when we marry again No law says couples with one child can’t marry” Perfect Except that after the divorce in marries another woman who is expecting a baby Mad with rage Li runs to the judge begging him to declare the divorce a sham so she may remarry and truly divorce the foolLiu’s politically charged plot reads like an absurd and hilarious comedy but couched in his fiction is a harsh indictment of China’s one child law and a head on critiue of China’s corrupt system I Did Not Kill My Husband is storytelling and satire of the highest order sharp edged and ironicSkyhorse Publishing as well as our Arcade Yucca and Good Books imprints are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction—novels novellas political and medical thrillers comedy satire historical fiction romance erotic and love stories mystery classic literature folklore and mythology literary classics including Shakespeare Dumas Wilde Cather and much While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home


10 thoughts on “我不是潘金莲

  1. says:

    Lots of fun A satire of bureaucratic China with a dauntless heroine It pulls you along uickly as Li Xuelian outwits one official after another But you also feel her anguish as her problem remains unresolved Very funny clever; I hope to read by this author


  2. says:

    I love Liu Zhenyun's writing style pared back dry and very funny He uses repetition to great comic effect His main character is a complex anti heroine Li Xuelian a young village woman with a husband and son When she becomes pregnant for the second time she hatches a plan she and her husband will get a fake divorce she will have the baby and then they will reunite as a family of four There's just one problem while they are separated to await the birth of their second child he meets another woman By the time she has her daughter he has remarried and his new wife is pregnant Li is furious and her desire for revenge to take her husband at the very least to court sparks a snowballing series of events that see her pitched in litigious battle with bureaucrats from the village level to the National People's Congress It's fast paced cleverly plotted and delightful to read I did wonder how the author had got away with what is at times a truly cutting satire of the political system and then realised that throughout the book no one from the Party ever appears as such in other words while China is in fact run as a Party state with the Communist Party having the final say so for example a municipal party secretary will trump a mayor when it comes to important decisions or policy the book only deals with the representatives of the state The Party remains safely out of sight But Chinese readers are unlikely to miss this point; they are used to filling in the blanksI have seen that there is a translation under the clumsy title I Did Not Kill My Husband but can't recommend it as I haven't read it


  3. says:

    355Would love to rate it higher because it seemed to be extremely promising at the beginning but fell a bit flat towards the end I was expecting drama and complicated and absurde situations since the whole story is absurd itself Nonetheless a nice read Got detached a bit


  4. says:

    If Franz Kafka were Chinese and his book “The Trial” were set in modern day China it would bear an eerie resemblance to Liu Zhenyun’s “I did not kill my husband” 29 year old Li Xuelian is seeking to annul her recent divorce from her husbandfor the purposes of marrying him again so she can then kill him for getting remarried while they were divorced Confused? You’re not the only one Li’s petition sets off a twenty year chain of events involving China’s one child one family policy bureaucratic red tape corruption someone named Big Head and a lecherous butcher There were moments here where I laughed out loud at the absurdity of Li’s plight and her attempts to get corrupt and self serving politicians to hear her and yet even interesting are the not so subtle jabs at a society where party leaders talk about “the workers” but ultimately just try to avoid embarrassment and cover their own butts A very fun and interesting read I’ll definitely read from Liu in the future


  5. says:

    The struggle of the individual seeking justice from an incompetent corrupt self serving bureaucracy seems to be a freuent theme that I keep encountering in modern Chinese literature Liu Zhenyun's witty satirical novel joins works like Ha Jin's In the Pond and Yuan Bin Chen's The Wan Family's Lawsuit which was also the basis for Zhang Yimou's The Story of ui Ju in portraying the difficulty in cutting through the red tape of local Chinese politics Liu's heroine Li Xuelian is obsessed with getting revenge against her ex husband and in time against a growing list of judges clerks and political appointees who ignore or patronize her The central third of the story sags a bit as Xuelian battles her way through the labyrinth of party offices but the final fifty or so pages contain several surprises and twists that humanized Xuelian and raised my final appreciation for Liu's novel This is a sad but warmly humorous tale of how collective society crushes the malcontent


  6. says:

    This was an interesting book to read a rather satirical and indirect take on China's political system and its tendency to pass the buck and seek credit I definitely liked the premise and the almost ridiculous uality of the book where the main character hops around from one political character to the next seeking justice and her persistence for seeking a resolution despite the burden of this injustice plaguing her for her entire life The book is slightly draggy at the start though and I really wasn't a fan of the translation and how some obscure English slang was used here and there I wonder if this book would have read better at Chinese since some of the clever puns on the characters' names also seemed to have lost its punch in the translation


  7. says:

    I had no patience for this book it was written in a very silly and hard to follow way Somehow all I could think of was running around like a chicken with it's head cut off while reading this A pretty strong image which should give you an idea of how I felt about this book After getting a decent way into the book I was annoyed and could not allow myself to move on Frustrating NOT recommended at all Just thinking about this book annoys my brain


  8. says:

    The plot is fun but the book needed some work I don't know if this was just due to the translation but information would be repeated multiple times and the book would often switch which name was being used for a character Sometimes they'd use the first name and sometimes they'd use the last name Still I think three stars is fair


  9. says:

    35 Stars This is the novel that was adapted into I Am Not Madame Bovary starring Fan BingbingThe adaptation is very close to the book but adds a great performance and that beautiful circle aspect ratio so technically if you seen the film you don't really need to read the book


  10. says:

    I Did Not Kill My Husband unprinted but implied subtitle But I really really wanted to by Liu Zhenyun was originally written in Chinese And I think it suffered in translation This could have been a hilarious tale of over plotted revenge But it read like a textbook with little description or emotion compared to what one normally sees in American novels There were also a lot of Communist Party officials allegedly learning from their superiors how to deal with the populace And I couldn't tell if this was supposed to be funny or supposed to explain how the Chinese government worked The concept was very good but the execution wasn't what I had hoped