The Hanging on Union Square

Product Number: EB00735434
Released: May 21, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780525505808
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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A subversively comic, genre-bending satire of bourgeois life by an essential Chinese American voice A Penguin Classic It's Depression-era New York, and Mr. Nut, an oblivious American everyman, wants to strike it rich, even if at the moment he's unemployed, with no job prospects in sight. Over the course of a single night, in a narrative that unfolds hour by hour, he meets a cast of strange characters-disgruntled workers at a Communist cafeteria, lecherous old men, sexually exploited women, pesky authors-who eventually convince him to cast off his bourgeois aspirations for upward mobility and become a radical activist. Absurdist, inventive, and suffused with revolutionary fervor, and culminating in a dramatic face-off against capitalist power in the figure of the greedy businessman Mr. System, The Hanging on Union Square is a work of blazing wit and originality. More than eighty years after it was self-published, having been rejected by dozens of baffled publishers, it has become a classic of Asian American literature-a satirical send-up of class politics and capitalism and a shout of populist rage that still resonates today. Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month with these four Penguin Classics: America Is in the Heart by Carlos Bulosan (9780143134039) East Goes West by Younghill Kang (9780143134305) The Hanging on Union Square by H. T. Tsiang (9780143134022) No-No Boy by John Okada (9780143134015)

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Original Publish Date: May 21, 2019

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