Cell Phone: A Novel

Hardback: $50.00
ISBN-13: 9780983659938
Published: July 2011
Paperback: $23.00
ISBN-13: 9780983659921
Published: July 2011

Additional Information

258 pages
  • About the Book
  • Popular TV host Yan Shouyi has it all: A great job, a loyal wife and a beautiful young lover. It all begins to unravel when he accidently leaves his cellphone at home one fateful day. Cell Phone is part comedy, part romance and part social commentary on the changing nature of Chinese society and the impact of technology on relationships. Beginning in 1968 in the protagonist’s childhood rural hometown, Liu’s fast-paced, contemporary tale takes us into the complicated family and social relationships of Yan Shouyi, telling a tale of friendship, love and betrayal. The cellphone becomes the “grenade” in this tale that dramatically “detonates” in the life of the main character—a telling tale in a country which is the largest user of mobile phones in the world. The book closes with an epilogue set decades earlier when communications were primitive and unreliable, but with remarkable similarities to the problems and pitfalls of the communication age illustrated in Liu’s modern-day story.

  • About the Author(s)
    • Liu Zhenyun, Author

    • Howard Goldblatt, Translator

  • Supporting Resources