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A compilation of twenty-seven extraordinary oral histories that opens a window, unlike any other, onto the lives of ordinary, often outcast, Chinese men and women. Liao Yiwu (one of the best-known writers in China because he is also one of the most censored) chose his subjects from the bottom of Chinese society: people for whom the "new" China--the China of economic growth and globalization--is no more beneficial than the old. Here are a professional mourner, a trafficker in humans, a leper, an abbot, a retired government official, a former landowner, a mortician, a feng shui master, a former Red Guard, a political prisoner, a village teacher, a blind street musician, a Falun Gong practitioner, and many others--people who have been battered by life but who have managed to retain their dignity, their humor, and their essential, complex humanity. Liao's interviews were given from 1990 to 2003.--From amazon.com.

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Offering a vivid portrait of the bottom of modern-day Chinese society, a collection of oral histories reveals the lives of ordinary, sometimes outcast, Chinese men and women, including a professional mourner, a trafficker in humans, a leper, an abbot, a retired government official, a mortician, a political prisoner, and others. 30,000 first printing.

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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 professionalmourner, 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 subjectsto 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.

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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 China’s 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 Chief’s 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

Translator’s Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307377180
Subtitle:
Real Life Stories, China from the Bottom up
Publisher:
Pantheon Books
Author:
Yiwu, Liao
Author:
Liao, Yiwu
Subject:
Political Science : Political Freedom & Security - Human Rig
Subject:
Political Science : Censorship
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Human Rights
Subject:
Social structure
Subject:
Working class
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
China Social conditions.
Subject:
China Economic conditions.
Subject:
Regional Studies
Subject:
Social classes
Subject:
Asia-China Peoples Republic 1949 to Present
Subject:
World History - China
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080415
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
320

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"Synopsis" by , Offering a vivid portrait of the bottom of modern-day Chinese society, a collection of oral histories reveals the lives of ordinary, sometimes outcast, Chinese men and women, including a professional mourner, a trafficker in humans, a leper, an abbot, a retired government official, a mortician, a political prisoner, and others. 30,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , 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 professionalmourner, 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 subjectsto 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.

Fromthe Trade Paperback edition.

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