Both terrifying and addictive The Book of Sins will bring a major writer and dissident Chinese voice to wider UK prominence. The book's seven linked novellas offer readers a disturbingly brilliant take on topics like rape, incest, S&M, impotence, and voyeurism, and explore links between sexual and political deviance. In I Love My Mum, a disabled man who is in an incestuous relationship with his mother, at her demand and using a whip she provides, beats her to death. In Bin Laden's Kidney, a resident of an exclusive gated community indulges in voyeuristic fantasies about the sex life of his neighbours. In Going To Heaven, the young son of a village undertaker tries to convince his friend to enter a suicide pact. At the top of the banned list in China, The Book of Sins is an unforgettable journey to the dark side of the human psyche.
About the Author
Chen Xiwo once worked as a 'mamasan' in a Tokyo brothel. Although the book is banned in China, for most of his readers, The Book of Sins represents the pinnacle of multiple award-winning Chen's writing career to date. The Book of Sins was translated by acclaimed translator Nicky Harman and has won an English PEN Award. Chen Xiwo was described by Asia Sentinel as 'one of China's most outspoken voices on freedom of expression for writers.'