Golden Age

The bestselling novel by cult writer Wang Xiaobo, a satire of the Cultural Revolution, in its first full English translation

'Life is but a slow, drawn-out process of getting your balls crushed.'

Twenty-one-year-old Wang Er, stationed in a remote mountain commune, spends his days herding oxen, napping and dreaming of losing his virginity. His dreams come true in the shape of the beautiful doctor Cheng Qinyang.

So begins the riotously funny story of their illicit love affair, the Party officials who enjoy their forced confessions a little too much, and Wang's life under the Communist regime — his misadventures as a biology lecturer in a Beijing university, and his entanglements with family, friends and lovers.

Golden Ageis an explosive, subversive, wild and hilarious satire, featuring one of literature's great protagonists, a sensation when it was published in the 1990s and beloved today.

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