Red Memory: The Afterlives of China's Cultural Revolution (Paperback)
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Red Memory: The Afterlives of China's Cultural Revolution (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages
Published: 01/02/2024
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Largely excised from official Chinese history, the effects of Mao's horrific Cultural Revolution continue to echo to this day, and Branigan's eye-opening account collects memories from those who were there in an effort to understand the awful legacy of a brutal decade.

An indelible exploration of the Cultural Revolution and how it shapes China today, Red Memory uncovers forty years of silence through the rarely heard stories of individuals who lived through Mao's decade of madness.

A 13-year-old Red Guard revels in the great adventure, and struggles with her doubts. A silenced composer, facing death, determines to capture the turmoil. An idealistic student becomes the 'corpse master'.

More than fifty years on, the Cultural Revolution's scar runs through the heart of Chinese society, and through the souls of its citizens. Stationed in Beijing for the Guardian, Tania Branigan came to realise that this brutal and turbulent decade continues to propel and shape China to this day. Yet official suppression and personal trauma have conspired in national amnesia: it exists, for the most part, as an absence.

Red Memory explores the stories of those driven to confront the era, who fear or yearn for its return. What happens to a society when you can no longer trust those closest to you? What happens to the present when the past is buried, exploited or redrawn? And how do you live with yourself when the worst is over?

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9781783352661
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 253 g
Dimensions: 220 x 130 x 21 mm
Edition: Main

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“Horrifying and informative”

Groundbreaking, horrifying, informative and very readable. Branigan manages to make something that is so difficult to understand that much easier. Perfect for anyone who enjoys political reads or Chinese history. The... More

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“A haunting meditation on the decade that scarred China's national conscience”

The Guardian’s former China correspondent Branigan’s extraordinary work explores the legacy of Mao’s Cultural Revolution (1966-76), revealing the deep scars it has inflicted on the Chinese nation. Through her... More

“An Engaging Read!”

This book was shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for a reason - what a read! Exploring important personal, societal, and historical questions, while providing a fabulous historical account, this book has so... More

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