The PRC’s first 50 years, told through extraordinary personal journeys
Making history not only comprehensible, but also a reading experience that gets under the skin: this is the art that the two authors Zhang Lijia and Calum MacLeod have mastered impressively. China Remembers recounts the first fifty years of the People’s Republic of China (1949-1999) in 33 interviews with contemporary witnesses from all walks of life: From the founding of the state by Mao Zedong and the mass movements of the 1950s and 1960s to Deng Xiaoping’s reform and opening policy and China’s rise to become a great economic power in the 1990s. Each of the historical sections as well as each individual interview is expertly introduced, and so one does not have to be a an expert on China to follow the moving memories of the interviewees, who include soldiers, farmers, street vendors, priests, teachers, singers, interpreters, business people, architects, refuse collectors and many other professions.
China Remembers offers authentic voices of a group of remarkable raconteurs for those who are willing to listen as well as for those whose ears are attuned to subtle cultural messages from the ancient and ever vibrant civilization. (Du Weiming, Professor Emeritus of Asia Center, Harvard University)
(eBook) – Language: English – ca. 290 pages – 9,99 $ / £ 8,90 ♦ Press reviews
Zhu Wen: I love Dollars
Few books have triggered such vehement reaction when published in China as this quickly-banned collection of stories: For some, a “shameless hooligan literature”, for others the refreshingly audacious new voice of a young urban generation.
Zhu Wen leads his first-person narrators into situations that often escalate beyond the limits of the absurd. As anti-heroes they fight as much against the resistance of their fellow human beings as against life in general, which has become quite complicated with the seemingly limitless new possibilities of individual enrichment. However, the author’s great talent for humour and his relaxed narrative tone, sometimes reminiscent of Nick Hornby, ensure that his stories bring only tears of laughter.
Translated from Chinese by Frank Meinshausen.
(eBook) – Language: German – ca. 360 pages – 9,50 $ / 6,99 £ ♦ Press Reviews