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China Witness: Voices from a Silent Generation (Paperback)
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China Witness: Voices from a Silent Generation (Paperback)

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Paperback 464 Pages / Published: 07/05/2009
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China Witness is the personal testimony of a generation whose stories have not yet been told. Here the grandparents and great-grandparents of today sum up in their own words - for the first and perhaps the last time - the vast changes that have overtaken China's people over a century. The book is at once a journey by the author through time and place, and a memorial to those who have lived through war and civil war, persecution, invasion, revolution, famine, modernization, Westernization - and have survived into the 21st century. We meet everyday heroes, now in their seventies, eighties and nineties, from across this vast country - a herb woman at a market, retired teachers, a legendary 'double-gun woman', Red Guards, oil pioneers, an acrobat, a female general, a lantern maker, taxi drivers, and more- those whose voices, as Xinran says, 'will help our future understand our past'.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099501480
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 331 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 29 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Right here we see the red lines that many Chinese still draw for themselves in public discourse, or even privately, the boundaries they dare not cross even today. No other style of storytelling could have exhibited them with more clarity or greater rawness" * The Times *
"An incredibly moving and ambitious collection... There is a great deal of light in this powerful book" * Independent *
"Another excellent book...ambitious" * Literary Review *
"These stories are often heart-rending, but are recounted in a very self-effacing way by the subjects themselves... [The book] is deeply engaging and focuses almost exclusively on issues and experiences rarely discussed in China or elsewhere. It takes people to places they would not otherwise have been able to go: into the minds of previously silent witnesses... a stunning insight into its [China's] people" * Herald *
"If you loved Jung Chang's Wild Swans you'll love this book" * Image magazine *

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“China Witness”

I have read all of Xinran's books and I looked forward to this one as much as anything else she's written. The stories in here can fairly be categorised as unbelievable, but because this is Xinran you know... More

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