Confessions An Innocent Life in Communist China

ISBN-10: 0393064670
ISBN-13: 9780393064674
Edition: 2007
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Description: A revealing memoir of human resilience in the face of nightmarish power. With clear vision this intimate memoir draws us into the intersections of everyday life and Communist power from the first days of "Liberation" in 1949 through the Tiananmen  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/17/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 544
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.760
Language: English

A revealing memoir of human resilience in the face of nightmarish power. With clear vision this intimate memoir draws us into the intersections of everyday life and Communist power from the first days of "Liberation" in 1949 through the Tiananmen Square protests and after. The son of a professional family, Kang Zhengguo is a free spirit, drawn to literature. In Mao's China, these innocuous circumstances expose him at the age of twenty to a fierce struggle session, expulsion from university, and a four-year term of hard labor in Xian's Number Two Brickyard. So begins his long stay in the prison-camp system, a story of hardship and poignance, of warmth and humor in the face of cruelty. He finally escapes the Chinese gulag by forfeiting his identity: at age twenty-eight he is adopted by an aging bachelor in a peasant village, which enables him to start a new life. Rehabilitated after Mao's death, Kang finds himself still subject to the recurring nightmare of party authority. 15 illustrations.

Susan Wilf teaches at George School in Pennsylvania and was awarded a PEN Translation Fund Grant for Confessions.

List of Illustrations
Introduction
Liberation
Silent Garden
My Diaries
Freshman Year
A Glib Confession
Emergency Transfer
Expulsion
The Dregs of Society
The Gates of Hell
Disaster Strikes
Dreams of Freedom
Unwelcome Guests
Runaway
Dr. Zhivago
Underground in Xi'an
A Chance Encounter
Love in an Abandoned Temple
Lessons from a Goddess of Love
Arrested
Prisoner Number Two
Interrogation
Food Fantasies
The Verdict
The Holding Cell
Induction
A Shattered Dream
An Overdose of Potatoes
Sisyphean Labors
The Rope of the Law
Stolen Treats
Release
Homecoming
Adopted Son
Reincarnation as a Peasant
My Adoptive Father
A City Slicker in the Countryside
A Skillful Mechanic
An Old Flame
Clock Repairman
A Fleeting Idyll
Back in the Cooler
The Forbidden Radio
Father's Death
My Wife
A Woman Is the Heart of a Home
Thaw
A Recurring Nightmare
You Can't Go Home Again
A Small World
"Aim Your Guns Here"
Exodus
My Nightmare Comes True
Arrested Again
Farewell to China
Breaking the Silence
Epiphany
Epilogue: My Children
Translators Note
Index

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