The Book of Sins
Banned in China, The Book of Sins is an unforgettable journey to the dark side of the human psyche.
Seven linked novellas offer readers a disturbingly brilliant take on rape, incest, S&M, impotence, and voyeurism and explore the relationship between sexual and political control and deviance.
In I Love My Mum, a disabled man shares a bed with his mother and is arrested for murder. One of Chen’s most famous novellas, incest is used as a metaphor for a dysfunctional society.
In Kidney Tonic, a resident of an exclusive gated community indulges in voyeuristic fantasies about the sex lives of his neighbours.
In Going To Heaven, the son of a village undertaker tries to convince his friend to enter a suicide pact.
Banned in China, The Book of Sins is a terrifying exploration of the human psyche and will appeal to fans of fiction by the likes of Irving Welsh and early Ian McEwan.
Translated by award-winning Nicky Harman, The Book of Sins brings a courageous and outspoken Chinese novelist to wider prominence.