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Wang Meng : a life : memoir of China's former Minister of Culture and renowned author /
Wang Meng ; Zhu Hong and Liu Haiming, translators.
imprint
Portland, Maine : MerwinAsia, [2018]
description
xiv, 390 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
1937385604, 1937385728, 9781937385606, 9781937385729
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imprint
Portland, Maine : MerwinAsia, [2018]
isbn
1937385604
1937385728
9781937385606
9781937385729
abstract
"Wang Meng is the only Chinese writer who really understands China, according to noted sinologist Merle Goldman. Wang Meng knew the hardships of life from an early age. A brilliant student since childhood, Wang gave up the chance of college to join the Communist underground. Ultimately installed as a regular Communist Party cadre in charge of a district Party Youth League and bored with petty bureaucracy, Wang published a short story which portrayed the soul-searching of an earnest young newcomer on the scene. In spite of Chairman Mao's favourable comments on the story, Wang Meng became a rightist. Banished to distant Xinjiang, Wang Meng mastered the Uighur language, learned farming skills, and was embraced by the Uighurs as one of their own. The attack on his short story Hard Porridge, a masterpiece of irony (first English translation published in the Paris Review), only served to highlight his genius. Wang Meng did not change his spots when he became Minister of Culture and a member of the Chinese People's Consultative Conference. While making contributions to cultural exchanges on the international scene, Wang Meng kept his identity as first and foremost a writer."--Provided by publisher.
language note
Translated from the Chinese.
catalogue key
12320492
 
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