Stronger than dust
Yan Lianke is in turmoil. He has a complicated relationship with his past, his family and, as the son of rural peasants, the land. It is these ties he seeks to explore in Three Brothers: Memories of my family, the first of his non-fiction works to be published in English, delicately translated by Carlos Rojas. By Yan’s own admission, the task is futile. Although he dreamt while growing up of leaving the hardship of his Henan village, the gulf between the city and the countryside is a “chasm that I would never succeed in crossing”.