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The Corpse Walker: Real Life Stories: China from the Bottom Up


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The Corpse Walker introduces us to regular men and women at the bottom of Chinese society, most of whom have been battered by life but have managed to retain their dignity: a professional mourner, a human trafficker, a public toilet manager, a leper, a grave robber, and a Falung Gong practitioner, among others. By asking challenging questions with respect and empathy, Liao Yiwu managed to get his subjects to talk openly and sometimes hilariously about their lives, desires, and vulnerabilities, creating a book that is an instance par excellence of what was once upon a time called “The New Journalism.” The Corpse Walker reveals a fascinating aspect of modern China, describing the lives of normal Chinese citizens in ways that constantly provoke and surprise.

About the Author

Liao Yiwu is a poet, novelist, and screenwriter. In 1989, he published an epic poem, "Massacre," that condemned the killings in Tiananmen Square and for which he spent four years in prison. His works include Testimonials and Report on China's Victims of Injustice. In 2003, he received a Human Rights Watch Hellman-Hammett Grant, and in 2007, he received a Freedom to Write Award from the Independent Chinese PEN Center. He lives in China.

Wen Huang is a writer and freelance journalist whose articles and translations have appeared in The Wall Street Journal Asia, the Chicago Tribune, the South China Morning Post, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Paris Review.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Philip Gourevitch

Introduction: The Voice of Chinas Social Outcasts by Wen Huang

The Professional Mourner

The Human Trafficker

The Public Restroom Manager

The Corpse Walkers

The Leper

The Peasant Emperor

The Feng Shui Master

The Abbot

The Composer

The Rightist

The Retired Official

The Former Landowner

The Yi District Chiefs Wife

The Village Teacher

The Mortician

The Neighborhood Committee Director

The Former Red Guard

The Counterrevolutionary

The Tiananmen Father

The Falun Gong Practitioner

The Illegal Border Crosser

The Grave Robber

The Safecracker

The Blind Erhu Player

The Street Singer

The Sleepwalker

The Migrant Worker

Translators Acknowledgments

Product Details

Yiwu, Liao
Anchor Books
Huang, Wen
Political Freedom & Security - Human Rights
Economic Conditions
Anthropology - General
Regional Studies
Social classes
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