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    DescriptionChina Witness is the personal testimony of a generation whose stories have not yet been told. Here the grandparents and great-grandparents of today sum up in their own words - for the first and perhaps the last time - the vast changes that have overtaken China's people over a century. The book is at once a journey by the author through time and place, and a memorial to those who have lived through war and civil war, persecution, invasion, revolution, famine, modernization, Westernization - and have survived into the 21st century. We meet everyday heroes, now in their seventies, eighties and nineties, from across this vast country - a herb woman at a market, retired teachers, a legendary 'double-gun woman', Red Guards, oil pioneers, an acrobat, a female general, a lantern maker, taxi drivers, and more- those whose voices, as Xinran says, 'will help our future understand our past'.


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    Title
    China Witness
    Subtitle
    Voices from a Silent Generation
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Xinran
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 448
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 42 mm
    Weight: 422 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099501480
    ISBN 10: 0099501481
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11600
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    BIC subject category V2: HBTD
    DC22: 951.05
    BISAC V2.8: BIO000000
    BIC subject category V2: 1FPC
    Thema V1.0: NHF, NHTD
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations (some col.), map, ports. (some col.)
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    VINTAGE
    Publication date
    13 October 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Born in Beijing in 1958, Xinran was a journalist and radio presenter in China. In 1997 she moved to London, where she wrote her bestselling book The Good Women of China. Since then she has written a regular column for the Guardian, appeared frequently on radio and TV and published Sky Burial, What the Chinese Don't Eat, a novel (Miss Chopsticks), and Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother. Her charity, The Mothers' Bridge of Love, was founded to help disadvantaged Chinese children and to build a bridge of understanding between the West and China.
    Review quote
    "Right here we see the red lines that many Chinese still draw for themselves in public discourse, or even privately, the boundaries they dare not cross even today. No other style of storytelling could have exhibited them with more clarity or greater rawness" The Times "An incredibly moving and ambitious collection... There is a great deal of light in this powerful book" Independent "Another excellent book...ambitious" Literary Review "These stories are often heart-rending, but are recounted in a very self-effacing way by the subjects themselves... [The book] is deeply engaging and focuses almost exclusively on issues and experiences rarely discussed in China or elsewhere. It takes people to places they would not otherwise have been able to go: into the minds of previously silent witnesses... a stunning insight into its [China's] people" Herald "If you loved Jung Chang's Wild Swans you'll love this book" Image magazine