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To Live: A Novel

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An award-winning, internationally acclaimed Chinese bestseller, originally banned in China but recently named one of the last decade's ten most influential books there," "To Live tells the epic story of one man's transformation from the spoiled son of a rich landlord to an honorable and kindhearted peasant. After squandering his family's fortune in gambling dens and brothels, the young, deeply penitent Fugui settles down to do the honest work of a farmer. Forced by the Nationalist Army to leave behind his family, he witnesses the horrors and privations of the Civil War, only to return years later to face a string of hardships brought on by the ravages of the Cultural Revolution. Left with an ox as the companion of his final years, Fugui stands as a model of flinty authenticity, buoyed by his appreciation for life in this narrative of humbling power.

Synopsis:

Spanning some forty years, from the Communist Civil War through the Cultural Revolution, this acclaimed Chinese novel follows the life of Fugui, the spoiled son of a wealthy landlord, as he squanders his family's fortune, takes up a career as a puppeteer, loses his wife and children to the ravages of famine, and is transformed into a simple peasant. Original. 17,500 first printing.

About the Author

Yu Hua was born in 1960 in Zhejiang, China. He finished high school during the Cultural Revolution and worked as a dentist for five years before beginning to write in 1983. He has published three novels, six collections of stories, and three collections of essays. His work has been translated into French, German, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Japanese, and Korean. In 2002 Yu Hua became the first Chinese writer to win the prestigious James Joyce Foundation Award. To Live was awarded Italy’s Premio Grinzane Cavour in 1998 and was named one of the last decade’s ten most influential books in China. Yu Hua lives in Beijing.

Michael Berry is an assistant professor of contemporary Chinese cultural studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of a forthcoming collection of interviews with Chinese filmmakers and the translator of Ye Zhaoyan’s Nanjing 1937: A Love Story and Chang Ta-chun’s Wild Kids: Two Novels About Growing Up.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307429797
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Creator:
Hua, Yu
Author:
Michael Berry
Author:
Yu, Hua
Author:
Hua, Yu
Author:
Berry, Michael
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Asian - General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General
Subject:
China
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20030826
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
250

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To Live: A Novel
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"Synopsis" by , Spanning some forty years, from the Communist Civil War through the Cultural Revolution, this acclaimed Chinese novel follows the life of Fugui, the spoiled son of a wealthy landlord, as he squanders his family's fortune, takes up a career as a puppeteer, loses his wife and children to the ravages of famine, and is transformed into a simple peasant. Original. 17,500 first printing.
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