The Corpse Walker

The Corpse Walker

Real Life Stories, China From the Bottom up

Book - 2008
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A compilation of twenty-seven extraordinary oral histories that opens a window, unlike any other, onto the lives of ordinary, often outcast, Chinese men and women. Liao Yiwu (one of the best-known writers in China because he is also one of the most censored) chose his subjects from the bottom of Chinese society: people for whom the "new" China--the China of economic growth and globalization--is no more beneficial than the old. Here are a professional mourner, a trafficker in humans, a leper, an abbot, a retired government official, a former landowner, a mortician, a feng shui master, a former Red Guard, a political prisoner, a village teacher, a blind street musician, a Falun Gong practitioner, and many others--people who have been battered by life but who have managed to retain their dignity, their humor, and their essential, complex humanity. Liao's interviews were given from 1990 to 2003.--From amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375425424
037542542X
Branch Call Number: 362.85095 L6139c 2008
Characteristics: xiv, 320 p. ; 25 cm

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LaBeteNoir Jul 01, 2013

Wonderful, easy way to learn about ancient and modern China, through the working class.

IQBAL2000 Mar 13, 2013

good book

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boo3657
Jul 16, 2012

This was a great book. The only way to really know a country is to hear it from the 'little' people. Thank God for Liao, Yiwu and translator, Wen Huang.

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