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The Butcher's Wife and Other Stories

by Ang Li
Translated by Howard Goldblatt

The newspaper says that Lin Shi killed her husband, the butcher, because she has a lover on the side, but that isn't true. Lin Shi's husband tortures her: the more she screams, the more he likes it. 

Li Ang's highly charged collection of fiction begins with the internationally acclaimed novella The Butcher's Wife, which provoked shock and outrage in her native Taiwan when it first appeared in 1983. The short stories that follow are erotic, thought-provoking, and cautionary. A thrilling entrypoint into contemporary Chinese literature.

In this Series


Li Ang vividly evokes the landscape, routines, and rituals of the town, and in this seamless translation, her prose is often imaginatively spare and luminous.

— New York Times Book Review

The Butcher’s Wife offers not a single evasion or pretense about the reality and pervasiveness of sexual oppression. Li Ang has written this book with the dedication of a daughter and the responsibility of a woman.

— Alice Walker
About the Author(s)

Li Ang is an author and outspoken feminist from Taiwan. She has courted controversy with her lurid, sometimes pulpy plots and her unabashed dedication to deeply examine the private and sexual lives of women and the abuses they face at the hands of society.

Howard Goldblatt has translated almost fifty works by more than twenty authors, including Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan. He lives and works in South Bend, Indiana, with his wife and co-translator Sylvia Lin.