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Daughter of the River

Hong, Ying

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ISBN 10: 080211637X / ISBN 13: 9780802116376
Verlag: Grove Pr, New York, U.S.A., 1999
Zustand: Fine Hardcover
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Titel: Daughter of the River

Verlag: Grove Pr, New York, U.S.A.

Erscheinungsdatum: 1999

Einband: Hardcover


Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Fine

Auflage: 1st Edition

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Back Cover: «Hong Ying's Daughter of the River is a remarkable book-a memoir of China unlike any we have seen before. Acclaimed around the world, it is both a compelling self-portrait by a remarkable writer and an unforgettable expos of life at the bottom of Chinese society. Hong Ying was born during the Great Famine of the early 1960s, which claimed the lives of tens of millions, including several of her relatives. Growing up in a slum on the bank of the Yangtze River, in a neighborhood veiled in fog and superstition, she was constantly aware of the sacrifices her family made so that she would survive. And as she neared her eighteenth birthday, she became determined to unravel some of the enigmas that had troubled her all her life: a stalker who had shadowed her since childhood, an anomalous record in her father's government file, and an unshakable feeling that she was an outsider in her own family. At the same time, she began a relationship with a history teacher at her school, who awakened her to the possibility of dissent and to her own emerging womanhood. But, as she learned, the truth cuts both ways. While the professor taught her how to think outside the borders the government had set, he himself was under political pressure that would prove unbearable. Hong Ying's search for truth led to the discovery of family secrets that changed her life-and her perceptions of her parents, her sister, and herself-tragically and irrevocably. But these same events also set her free to leave home for good and become a writer. With raw intensity and fearless honesty, Daughter of the River follows China's trajectory through one woman's life, from the Great Famine through the Cultural Revolution to Tiananmen Square». "The story of one person's awakening but also of a society's. In its stark and detailed portrayal of unremitting poverty and of the stress and intimacies of family life, the work is reminiscent of Angela's Ashes..."-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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From her dramatic upbringing in the slums of Chongqing to her sexual and intellectual awakening to her desperate search to unravel the mystery of her birth, a dramatic coming-of-age portrait by the renowned poet and novelist details her turbulent life against the backdrop of Communist China. 25,000 first printing.

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