Li carves out a dark novel set in the red light district of the small Jiling township... What unfolds is a m lange of stories told from the perspective of various townspeople concerning the individuals, events, and aftermath of [a] single, fateful evening... Like works by Hong Ying, the narratives are brutally real and even sinister at times. Library Journal The novel explores the intersections of sexual desire, sadism, folk belief and karmic retribution. Indianapolis Star The Jiling Chronicles...will demostrate to the English-reading world why he has been critically indentified as a premier writer of Chinese fiction in our time. -- Timothy C. Wong World Literature Today The English publication of Li Yong-p'ing's intriguing and complex novel is certainly timely and most welcome. -- Lingchei Letty Chen MCLC List
Changsheng, the wife of Liu Laoshi, is raped, she hangs herself after the attack. Liu Laoshi exacts bloody vengeance on the rapist's own wife and favourite prostitute. This act of sexual violence and its retribution provide the narrative pivot around which is woven a web of interconnecting stories.