Mathematically speaking, stickiness is about resistance to change, e.g., sticky music prices, or sticky CEO bonuses. Some books stick more than others. Some sticky books get the Nobel Prize of Literature; others get to go to Hollywood.  The book I just finished reading [09/2012], Dream of Ding Village by Yan Lianke, could score on both counts, but then again maybe not, as the book has been banned in China, and China has a sticky-upward pull in contemporary Sino-American politico-economical relations.

Speaking of the sticky-upward pull in Sino-American relations, another sticky read comes to mind: Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart, a hilariously absurd tale of a dystopian near future too close to reality now for comfortable chuckling.

For more  suspension of disbelief and great gufaws,  stick to the The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of The Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson, who saw his debut novel at age 48 turn into an instant bestseller. The fantastic life story of the 100 year old hero runs right through all the main political events of the 20th century, including – and here´s the Chinese connection – a riverboat ride with the wife of Mao Zedong.


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