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The Attic- Memoir of a Chinese Landlord's Son [electronic resource]

Cao, Guanlong
Format
EBook; Book; Online
Published
Berkeley : University of California Press Nov. 1998
Language
English
ISBN
9780520204065, 0520204069 (Trade Paper)
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Mode of access: World wide Web.
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    a| Annotation b| Novelist Guanlong Cao's autobiographical account of growing up in urban Shanghai affords a rare glimpse into daily life during the forty turbulent years following the Communist Revolution. Forced to the bottom of Chinese society as "class enemies," Cao's family eked out a meager existence in a cramped attic. The details of their day-to-day existence--the endless quest for enough food, its preparation, Cao's schooling and friends, the stirrings of sexual desire, his dreams and fantasies--are brought brilliantly to life in spare yet evocative prose. The memoir illuminates a world largely unknown to Westerners, one where human pettiness, cruelty, joy, and tenderness play themselves out against a backdrop of political upheaval and material scarcity.<br />Reminiscent of the concise style of classical Chinese memoirs, Cao's lean, elegant prose heightens the emotional intensity of his story. Perceptive and humorous, his voice is deeply original. It is a voice that demands to be heard--for the historical moment it captures as well as for the personal revelations it distills.
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