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Publisher Comments:

From the best-selling author of RED AZALEA, this extraordinary novel tells the stirring, erotically charged story of Madame Mao Zedong, the woman almost universally known as the 'white-boned demon,' whom many hold directly responsible for the excesses of the Cultural Revolution. Bringing her lush psychological insight to bear on the facts of history, Min penetrates the myth surrounding this woman and provides a "convincing, nuanced portrait of a damaged personality" (Entertainment Weekly) driven by ambition, betrayal, and a never-to-be-fulfilled need to be loved. With all the compressed drama and high lyrical poetry of great opera, BECOMING MADAME MAO is a "remarkable accomplishment . . . Madame Mao is finally given her own voice" (Ha Jin).

Synopsis:

A fictional portrait of Jiang Ching, one of the most vilified women of the century, follows the life of Madame Mao, from her youth as the unwanted daughter of a concubine, to her search for fame as an actress in Shanghai, to her romance and marriage to revolutionary Mao Zedong, to her role in the turbulent Communist rule of China. By the author of Red Azalea. Reader's Guide available.

About the Author

Anchee Min was born in Shanghai in 1957. At seventeen she was sent to a labor collective, where a talent scout for Madame Mao's Shanghai Film Studio recruited her to work as a movie actress. She came to the United States in 1984 with the help of actress Joan Chen. Her memoir, Red Azalea, was named one of the New York Times Notable Books of 1994 and was an international bestseller, with rights sold in twenty countries. Her novels Becoming Madame Mao and Empress Orchid were published to critical acclaim and were national bestsellers. Her two other novels, Katherine and Wild Ginger, were published to wonderful reviews and impressive foreign sales.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547347011
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Subject:
Married women
Author:
Anchee Min
Author:
Min, Anchee
Subject:
Statesmen
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
China
Subject:
Spouses of heads of state.
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literature-Asia
Subject:
Literature-Sale Books
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
Fiction : Historical - General
Publication Date:
April 2001
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
352

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"Synopsis" by , A fictional portrait of Jiang Ching, one of the most vilified women of the century, follows the life of Madame Mao, from her youth as the unwanted daughter of a concubine, to her search for fame as an actress in Shanghai, to her romance and marriage to revolutionary Mao Zedong, to her role in the turbulent Communist rule of China. By the author of Red Azalea. Reader's Guide available.
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