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Sunday Staff Picks: January 31st

Three Brothers by Yan Lianke Yan Lianke’s work Three Brothers, translated by Carlos Rojas, is a tour-de-force of language and reflection. Ostensibly a memoir, Three Brothers is an interwoven tale of his parents’ generation, covering the unique paths each of them took and their actions within the mundane bleakness of life in the common-folk. From each perspective, spanning his three closest elders, Yan finds messages within life, resistance against fate, and acceptance of their existence. The story’s language, much like the day-to-day life of his family, is suffering specked with joy and laughter, progressing from the Cultural Revolution onward; similar…