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The Problem with Me

And Other Essays About Making Trouble in China Today

About The Book

“Funny and shrewd” (The New York Times Book Review) essays from China’s most popular young troublemaker about growing up millennial and causing social and political scandal today.

Han Han “owes equal debt to Jack Kerouac and Justin Timberlake” (The New Yorker). He’s the most influential (and provocative) young person in China, equally beloved and reviled for the satirical wit with which he takes on everyone from corrupt politicians to ludicrous protesters and everything from Internet culture in a country that censors the Internet to the question of whether China is ready for democracy. “Evocative and funny” and “occasionally electrifying” (The Wall Street Journal), The Problem with Me provides “an insider’s look into Chinese culture and politics” (Publishers Weekly).

About The Author


Born in 1982 to middle class parents, Han Han shot to fame at the age of seventeen with the publication of his debut novel, Triple Door, a runaway bestseller with over two million copies in print. Over the next fifteen years, he cemented his reputation as a director, singer, racecar driver, Internet celebrity, and public intellectual. The Problem with Me is the third of his books to appear in English, after This Generation and 1988: I Want to Talk with the World. He lives in Shanghai.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (August 2, 2016)
  • Length: 240 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781451660050

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Raves and Reviews

“China’s most popular blogger.... His manicured, swaggering persona is a rebuke to the rumpled archetype of the Chinese intellectual, and owes equal debt to Kerouac and Timberlake.”
The New Yorker

“Evocative and funny... occasionally electrifying.”
Wall Street Journal

"Han Han’s writing on every topic combines charming storytelling, wise aphorisms, and serious analysis. This is a groundbreaking book for Anglophone readers, offering an insider’s look into Chinese culture and politics."
Publishers Weekly

"Funny and shrewd.... Han Han has interesting things to say.”
The New York Times Book Review

"Han Han’s large readership is the best evidence we have of a broad survival of common sense in China.”
The New York Review of Books

"Funny and controversial... his personality does shine through."
Library Journal

"China's top blogger for his acumen, humor, and scathing take."

"Han Han is a phenomenon of today's China who personifies a rapidly changing society."
— Jonathan Fenby, author of Tiger Head, Snake Tails: China Today, How It Got There and Where It Is Heading

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