The novel „Frog“ is a masterpiece by one of the world’s most reknown writers, Mo Yan.
I have had this novel in my home library, admittedly, for quite some time. However, due to its, in my opinion, not very appealing title, I refused to read it– until recently.
The story about living in Communist China and the impact of strict population planning policies left me breathless.
The narrator begins by describing life while growing up during one of the most turbulent periods in China and then continues with the story about his aunt, told through letters to a famous Japanese writer.
The storyline focuses on the aunt, a legendary midwife who delivered thousands of children in the time when it was each family’s duty to have as mayn children as possible.
Because of hard changes that ensue in the country – from famine, political changes to communist revolutions, the aunt transforms her role as well. She goes from being the incredible woman who brought life in the villages of northeast Gaomi and being celebrated for it – to the one responsible for many forced abortions as a result of the one-child policy.
Scenes, where fathers and mothers risk to be punished, fined or have to pay with their lives in order to bring new life to the world, are written with emotions and grippingly.
Mo Yan has described a tumultuous period of Chinese history, that has left many hurtful wounds, in a truly unique way.
The letters written to the Japanese friend at the same time translate as a meaningful message to all humans.
The Norwegian Nobel Commitee chose wisely when in 2012 they awarded Mo Yan with the Nobel prize for literature.
I am curious whether you have read this book or maybe another one by Mo Yan?
I sincerely recommend this novel to everyone!
Lots of love,