Item description for Baptism: An English Translation of Xizao by Yang Jiang...
Baptism is the only novel written by the distinguished Chinese woman playwright, essayist, and translator, Yang Jiang. Born in 1911, she has experienced the entire sweep of China's turbulent 20th-century history. The characters in this vivid, witty, and engrossing novel, set in a Beijing literary institute right after the revolution, are a group of intellectuals from the old society adjusting to a new reality. There is a love story, intrigue, back-biting, and deception, familiar circumstances of academic life. But in the end, all must undergo the harrowing ordeal of public confession in the first great purge of the 1950's. As each responds with subterfuge, terror, or humility, they reveal more about their souls than about their politics. Baptism should also have wide appeal to general readers, especially those with an interest in China with its style is direct and fast-moving with vivid characters and universal plot motifs. It will also be a welcome addition to university courses in modern Chinese literature or Chinese history and politics. The author is well-known, and passages from this novel have already been quoted, in English, in books about the period. Her memoir of life during the Cultural Revolution has been translated twice and widely read.
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Studio: Hong Kong University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.35" Width: 5.59" Height: 0.87" Weight: 0.84 lbs.
Release Date Apr 15, 2007
Publisher Hong Kong University Press
ISBN 9622098312 ISBN13 9789622098312
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More About Yang Jiang
Yang Jiang was born in 1978 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.