Published by Astra House (2022-07-26)
"Mixing absurdist satire and incisive commentary, Wang provides a powerful dissident view of state control."
—The New York Times Book Review
"This new translation captures Wang Xiaobo's absurdist and surprisingly lewd sense of humor, as well as the grimly amusing satire of China's Cultural Revolution that lurks within it . . . Golden Age is never less than entertaining, its sharp insights existing alongside endless sexual innuendo and jokes that mine humor from the darkest recesses of Chinese history."
—Hank Stephenson, Shelf Awareness
"This is frank, irreverent, bawdy, freewheeling, bizarrely moving writing about politics and sex and death . . . If there is going to be a second cold war, with Yellow Scares, denunciations, state-led deniable pogroms of east Asians from western public life, then it’s exactly this kind of book—deeply human, gloriously alive—that we can wave in the face of the social media panopticon state."
—Rahul Raina, The Guardian
"Golden Age . . . is a tour de force satire of the Cultural Revolution, a brave and bawdy work that will appeal to fans of Gary Shteyngart and Michel Houellebecq alike."
—Chicago Review of Books
"The pleasure of reading is crucial in offsetting the dark character of this era in modern Chinese history—and Golden Age is full of hilarity . . . I cannot extol Wang’s penetrating prose enough."
—Xiaolu Guo, Telegraph (UK)
"Wang Xiaobo is a truly unique writer, and there are very few writers like him . . . perhaps only a select few are capable of expressing their life experiences, imagination, and sexuality in relation to a vast and omnipresent political environment as Wang Xiaobo did."
"Until reading Wang Xiaobo's Golden Age, I had not seen a work that captures the ironies and contradictions Wang Er endures living in a communist country in a decidedly capitalist world. Just my saying this sounds academic, but the novel is not academic. It's hilarious, loose, surprising and so smart. I am reminded of Heller's Catch 22, but whereas circularity was the enemy for Yossarian, it might well be Wang Er's ally."
—Percival Everett, author of Erasure and The Trees
"Golden Age, long admired in many circles, may prove a revelation to readers outside China. Wang Xiaobo steeped himself in the literatures of East and West, and the blending of influences—including Proust and Twain—makes for a searingly funny and fearless narration full of brilliant headlong riffs on sex, time, history and the terrifying absurdities of the Cultural Revolution. Bawdy, earthy, cerebral, outrageous, bleakly hilarious and off-handedly brave, this novel is like nothing else."
—Sam Lipsyte, author of The Ask and The Subject Steve
"Startlingly funny, darkly profound, Golden Age is one of the most memorable novels published in Chinese language in the past hundred years, and it will still be read a hundred years from now."
—Yiyun Li, author of The Book of Goose
Every page is a surprise. The novel is outrageous, startling, and very, very funny
—Roddy Doyle, author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
"One of the great writers to have emerged in post-Mao China. Wang Xiaobo excels in writing about love and sex—and coming of age—in an arid and bizarre world. With beautiful simplicity, he fills the reader with aching poignancy, and yet makes them want to laugh out loud."
—Jung Chang, author of Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
"In this excellent translation by Yan Yan, Golden Age demonstrates that Wang Xiaobo is one of the most original writers in post-Mao China. At once hilarious and charged with serious political discourse, Golden Age is a tour de force. It is as playful as Animal Farm by Orwell and as complex as Master and Margarita by Bulgakov. Anyone who is interested in modern China should read this book."
—Xiaolu Guo, author of A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary For Lovers
"A leading icon of his generation, [Wang's] cerebral and sarcastic narrative is a reflection on the failures of individuals and the enormous political, social and personal changes that traumatized 20th century China."
—Alan Chong Lau, International Examiner