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The vagrants : a novel, Yiyun Li

Label
The vagrants : a novel
Title
The vagrants
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Yiyun Li
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Set in China in the late 1970s, when Beijing was rocked by the Democratic Wall Movement, an anti-Communist groundswell designed to move China beyond the dark shadow of the Cultural Revolution toward a more enlightened and open society. In this powerful and beautiful story, we follow a group of people in a small town during this dramatic and harrowing time, the era that was a forebear of the Tiananmen Square uprising. Morning dawns on the provincial city of Muddy River. A young woman, Gu Shan, a bold spirit and a follower of Chairman Mao, has renounced her faith in Communism. Now a political prisoner, she is to be executed for her dissent. Her distraught mother, determined to follow the custom of burning her only child's clothing to ease her journey into the next world, is about to make another bold decision. Shan's father, Teacher Gu, who has already, in his heart and mind, buried his rebellious daughter, begins to retreat into memories. Neither of them imagines that their daughter's death will have profound and far-reaching effects, in Muddy River and beyond. In luminous prose, Yiyun Li weaves together the lives of these and other unforgettable characters, including a serious seven-year-old boy, Tong; a crippled girl named Nini; the sinister idler Bashi; and Kai, a beautiful radio news announcer who is married to a man from a powerful family. Life in a world of oppression and pain is portrayed through stories of resilience, sacrifice, perversion, courage, and belief. We read of delicate moments and acts of violence by mothers, sons, husbands, neighbors, wives, lovers, and more, as Gu Shan's execution spurs a brutal government reaction. Writing with profound emotion, and in the superb tradition of fiction by such writers as Orhan Pamuk and J. M. Coetzee, Yiyun Li gives us a stunning novel that is at once a picture of life in a special part of the world during a historic period, a universal portrait of human frailty and courage, and a mesmerizing work of art"--From the Hardcover edition
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
The vagrants : a novel, Yiyun Li
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The vagrants : a novel, Yiyun Li
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Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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Dimensions
25 cm
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Edition
First edition
Extent
337 pages
Isbn
9780007299096
Lccn
2008023467
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Kōtui multi-version record.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) HAS191953
  • (OCoLC)229028064
  • (eLGAR).b23366096
  • (Nz)12824245

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