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The Problem with Me: And Other Essays About Making Trouble in China Today
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"Funny and shrewd" (The New York Times Book Review) essays from China's most popular young troublemaker about growing up millennial and causing social and political scandal today.
Han Han "owes equal debt to Jack Kerouac and Justin Timberlake" (The New Yorker). He's the most influential (and provocative) young person in China, equally beloved and reviled for the satirical wit with which he takes on everyone from corrupt politicians to ludicrous protesters and everything from Internet culture in a country that censors the Internet to the question of whether China is ready for democracy. "Evocative and funny" and "occasionally electrifying" (The Wall Street Journal), The Problem with Me provides "an insider's look into Chinese culture and politics" (Publishers Weekly).

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Han Han "owes equal debt to Jack Kerouac and Justin Timberlake" (The New Yorker). He's the most influential (and provocative) young person in China, equally beloved and reviled for the satirical wit with which he takes on everyone from corrupt politicians to ludicrous protesters and everything from Internet culture in a country that censors the Internet to the question of whether China is ready for democracy. "Evocative and funny" and "occasionally electrifying" (The Wall Street Journal), The Problem with Me provides "an insider's look into Chinese culture and politics" (Publishers Weekly).
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        May 9, 2016
        This essay collection from Han (Triple Door), China’s premier millennial blogger and cultural critic, brims with wit. The selections are arranged chronologically, documenting Han’s growth from a disaffected high school drop-out into a serious, politically engaged writer. Han covers a range of topics, including his experiences of growing up in the countryside, driving race cars, writing fiction, and becoming a father. In defense of democracy, he speaks out against elitism and corruption, taking China’s literati and officials to task. He declares, “Popular participation, brought about by the Internet, means the abandonment of the well-known public intellectuals who used to say what was on everyone else’s mind.” Han uses the essay as a means to freely express his opinions—and he has no problem later retracting them, as when he slams the preciousness of poetry and then apologizes for his unfair criticism. At times, the translated prose comes across as awkward and stilted. Nevertheless, this is a groundbreaking book for Anglophone readers, offering an insider’s look into Chinese culture and politics. Han’s writing on every topic combines charming storytelling, wise aphorisms, and serious analysis. Agent: Marysia Juszczakiewicz, Peony Literary Agency.

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        A collection from one of China's most outspoken "troublemakers and dissidents."The translators' introduction provides crucial context for newcomers to Han Han (This Generation: Dispatches from China's Most Popular Literary Star, 2012, etc.), who apparently was anointed "spokesperson for his generation" (he was born in 1982) in his native China. A high school dropout, he wrote a novel as a teenager, Triple Door (yet to be published in English), which sold millions of copies. He then turned his attention to auto racing, "going from literary prodigy to racing rookie," soon becoming as accomplished and renowned in this field as well. During the rise of blogging, he became China's top blogger and "an Internet celebrity." He recorded an album, directed a feature film, and became a family man. Now, he doesn't seem nearly as interested in his writing and disavows some of the essays that made him so popularly notorious. He represents an underschooled voice who protests the educational system and the rigidity of the nationalism and totalitarianism of his homeland. Yet none of the essays, interviews, and blog selections collected here is particularly well-written or will be all that provocative to American readers. "The Chinese education system is terrible because the teachers are terrible" might be a thunderbolt of criticism among his nation's generation, but it reads like a typical high schooler's rant. As this book covers 12 years of his writing (the same period as This Generation), his self-reflection shows some maturity. "You can't keep writing the same thing for so many years," he writes in "The Problem With Me" (2003). Ultimately, however, he writes, "I've never given up anything, from the tiniest flashes of inspiration to my grand ideals, and although my life may be filled with frustration or remorse, I have few regrets." A collection more interesting to Western readers for what the author represents than for anything he has written here.

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        Funny and controversial, Han (This Generation) became renowned in China as a blogger who walked the line of acceptable political satire. The book is comprised of several translated essays on his life and other musings. Unfortunately, in this collection Han's famous wit is lost in translation, particularly with certain Chinese sayings. At other times, however, his personality does shine through. For example, when writing about school, he says that the "dorm has all kinds of rules. I measured myself against them and discovered that, apart from possession of banned weapons, I'd violated all the rest." While he's known in China for challenging the status quo, few non-Chinese speakers will be familiar with Han, though individual essays, on issues such as education, racing, literature, travel, online media, and fatherhood, will find appeal among general readers. VERDICT While several essays will resonate with readers interested in select topics, the overall value of Han's prose is lost in translation. [See Prepub Alert, 2/29/16.]--Casey Watters, Singapore Management Univ.

        Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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