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Captive spirits : prisoners of the Cultural Revolution /
Yang Xiguang and Susan McFadden.
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Hong Kong ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
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xxx, 302 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0195868455
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Hong Kong ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
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0195868455
catalogue key
1512032
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"Lively, funny, sad, thought-provoking. It is not principally about politics, but people--those who crowded with Yang into dark cells in the 1970s. From murderers to capitalists to Christians, he gives us a glimpse of the 'little people' of China, their ways and their fates."--South China Morning Post "Yang Xiguang depicts these "Captive Spirits" with all the stolid humor of a Solzhenitsyn and all the social searching of a Djilas. Yang's tales of fellow prisoners, who survive hunger, harassment, failed escapes, and state-organized murder, are enough to capture any reader's heart. These are free spirits."--Lynn T. White III, Princeton University
"Lively, funny, sad, thought-provoking. It is not principally about politics, but people--those who crowded with Yang into dark cells in the 1970s. From murderers to capitalists to Christians, he gives us a glimpse of the 'little people' of China, their ways and their fates."-- South China Morning Post "Yang Xiguang depicts these "Captive Spirits" with all the stolid humor of a Solzhenitsyn and all the social searching of a Djilas. Yang's tales of fellow prisoners, who survive hunger, harassment, failed escapes, and state-organized murder, are enough to capture any reader's heart. These are free spirits."--Lynn T. White III, Princeton University
"Lively, funny, sad, thought-provoking. It is not principally about politics, but people--those who crowded with Yang into dark cells in the 1970s. From murderers to capitalists to Christians, he gives us a glimpse of the 'little people' of China, their ways and their fates."--South China MorningPost "Yang Xiguang depicts these "Captive Spirits" with all the stolid humor of a Solzhenitsyn and all the social searching of a Djilas. Yang's tales of fellow prisoners, who survive hunger, harassment, failed escapes, and state-organized murder, are enough to capture any reader's heart. These are free spirits."--Lynn T. White III, Princeton University
This vivid book impressively recreates the world of China thirty years ago, with all its monstrosities and cruelty. Yang's collaborator, Susan McFadden, has done an excellent job in presenting it in highly readable form. Asian Affairs, 06/99. Colina MacDougal.
This vivid book impressively recreates the world of China thirty yearsago, with all its monstrosities and cruelty. Yang's collaborator, SusanMcFadden, has done an excellent job in presenting it in highly readable form.Asian Affairs, 06/99. Colina MacDougal.
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Summaries
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These are the prison memoirs of Yang Xiguang, a high school student who was arrested during the Cultural Revolution for penning a political essay. He spent the next 10 years in a succession of gulags, and relates here his spiritual journey.
Long Description
Captive Spirits is the gripping prison memoir of Yang Xiguang, a high school student who was arrested during the Cultural Revolution for writing a political essay. He spent the next ten years in a succession of Chinese gulags and vividly relates the poignant stories of his cellmates--activists, intellectuals, "rightists," thieves, and madmen--as well as his own intellectual and spiritual journey.
Long Description
These are the gripping prison memoirs of Yang Xiguang, a high school student who was arrested during the Cultural Revolution for penning a political essay. He spent the next ten years in a succession of Chinese gulags, and relates here the poignant stories of his cellmates -- activists, intellectuals, 'rightists', thieves, and madmen -- as well as his own intellectual and spiritual journey.
Table of Contents
Foreword
Author's Preface: 'Whither China?'
Preface
Names in the Book
Zuojiatang Detention Center: February 1968-December 1969p. 1
Reconstruction Farm December: 1969-April 1970p. 121
Model Prison: April 1970-January 1971p. 149
Back to the Farm: January 1971-May 1978p. 175
Glossaryp. 291
Chronologyp. 299
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