Heart sutra : a novel / Yan Lianke ; translated from the Chinese by Carlos Rojas.
"From "China's foremost literary satirist" (Financial Times) comes a captivating new novel set at a religious training center in Beijing, focusing on the love story of a Buddhist nun and a Daoist priest. At the Religious Training Center on the campus of Beijing's National Politics University, disciples of China's five main religions-Buddhism, Daoism, Protestantism, Catholicism, and Islam-gather for a year of intensive study and training. In this hallowed yet jovial atmosphere, the institute's two youngest disciples-Yahui, a Buddhist jade nun, and Gu Mingzheng, a Daoist master-fall into a friendship that might bloom into something more. This year, however, the worldly Director Gong has a new plan: he has organized tug-of-war competitions between the religions. These matches offer excitement for the disciples, as well as a lucrative source of fundraising, but Yahui looks on them with distrust: her beloved mentor collapsed after witnessing one of these games. Soon it becomes clear that corruption is seeping ever more deeply into the foundation of the center, and Yahui and Gu Mingzheng will be forced to ask themselves whether it is better to stay committed to an increasingly fraught faith or to return to secular life forever-and nothing less than the fate of the gods is at stake. Illustrated throughout with beautiful original papercuts, animated by Yan Lianke's characteristically incisive sense of humor, Heart Sutra is a stunning and timely novel that highlights the best and worst in mankind and interrogates the costs of division"-- Provided by publisher.
- ISBN: 9780802162199
- ISBN: 0802162193
- Physical Description: 406 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
- Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2023.
- Copyright: ©2023
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