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    DescriptionThe Corpse Walker introduces us to regular men and women at the bottom of Chinese society, most of whom have been battered by life but have managed to retain their dignity: a professional mourner, a human trafficker, a public toilet manager, a leper, a grave robber, and a Falung Gong practitioner, among others. By asking challenging questions with respect and empathy, Liao Yiwu managed to get his subjects to talk openly and sometimes hilariously about their lives, desires, and vulnerabilities, creating a book that is an instance par excellence of what was once upon a time called "The New Journalism." The Corpse Walker reveals a fascinating aspect of modern China, describing the lives of normal Chinese citizens in ways that constantly provoke and surprise.

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    The Corpse Walker
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Yiwu Liao
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    ISBN 13: 9780307388377
    ISBN 10: 0307388379

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
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    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    BISAC V2.8: LIT000000, SOC000000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CHINES
    Libri: CHIN3065, ENGM4900
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17440
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    BISAC V2.8: SOC050000, SOC002000
    B&T Approval Code: A45560000
    BISAC V2.8: POL023000
    B&T Approval Code: A31570000
    BIC subject category V2: 1FPC
    Libri: CHIN3022
    BISAC V2.8: SOC053000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 362.850951
    LC classification: HD8736.5 .L56 2009
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: NHTB, NHF
    Edition statement
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Anchor Books
    Publication date
    01 December 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Liao Yiwu is a poet, novelist, and screenwriter. In 1989, he published an epic poem, "Massacre," that condemned the killings in Tiananmen Square and for which he spent four years in prison. His works include "Testimonials" and "Report on China's Victims of Injustice. "In 2003, he received a Human Rights Watch Hellman-Hammett Grant, and in 2007, he received a Freedom to Write Award from the Independent Chinese PEN Center. He lives in China. Wen Huang is a writer and freelance journalist whose articles and translations have appeared in "The Wall Street Journal Asia, "the "Chicago Tribune, "the "South China Morning Post, The Christian Science Monitor, "and "The Paris Review. " "From the Hardcover edition."
    Review quote
    "Revealing. . . . full of forbearance and forgiveness. . . . Each re-created interview...captures a particular individual at a crucial time in Chinese history." --"The New York Times Book Review" "Stunning. . . . Revealing in its incidental details. . . . Liao brings us fascinating insights into the lives of all manner of workers....an addictive book." --"Bookforum" "Reading The Corpse Walker is like walking with Liao: Even though our feet are not blistered and our bodies are not starved, in the end we are shaken and moved." --"San Francisco Chronicle"
    Table of contents
    Foreword by Philip Gourevitch Introduction: The Voice of China’s Social Outcasts by Wen Huang The Professional Mourner The Human Trafficker The Public Restroom Manager The Corpse Walkers The Leper The Peasant Emperor The Feng Shui Master The Abbot The Composer The Rightist The Retired Official The Former Landowner The Yi District Chief’s Wife The Village Teacher The Mortician The Neighborhood Committee Director The Former Red Guard The Counterrevolutionary The Tiananmen Father The Falun Gong Practitioner The Illegal Border Crosser The Grave Robber The Safecracker The Blind Erhu Player The Street Singer The Sleepwalker The Migrant Worker Translator’s Acknowledgments