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    DescriptionWhen Deng Xiaoping’s efforts to “open up” China took root in the late 1980s, Xinran recognized an invaluable opportunity. As an employee for the state radio system, she had long wanted to help improve the lives of Chinese women. But when she was given clearance to host a radio call-in show, she barely anticipated the enthusiasm it would quickly generate. Operating within the constraints imposed by government censors, “Words on the Night Breeze” sparked a tremendous outpouring, and the hours of tape on her answering machines were soon filled every night. Whether angry or muted, posing questions or simply relating experiences, these anonymous women bore witness to decades of civil strife, and of halting attempts at self-understanding in a painfully restrictive society. In this collection, by turns heartrending and inspiring, Xinran brings us the stories that affected her most, and offers a graphically detailed, altogether unprecedented work of oral history.


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    Title
    The Good Women of China
    Subtitle
    Hidden Voices
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Xue Xinran
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 243
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 200 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 200 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781400030804
    ISBN 10: 1400030803
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.7
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: JFSJ1
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T General Subject: 750
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    BISAC V2.8: HIS008000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CHINES, CULT/ASIAN
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 68
    Ingram Subject Code: GS
    Libri: I-GS
    B&T Approval Code: A31604800
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 53
    BISAC V2.8: SOC032000, POL000000, SOC028000
    DC22: 305.420951
    DC21: 305.420951
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: HQ1767 .X5613 2003
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Vintage Books
    Publication date
    11 November 2003
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Xinran was born in Beijing in 1958. In 1997 she moved to London. This is her first book.
    Review quote
    "Groundbreaking.... This intimate record reads like an act of defiance, and the unvarnished prose allows each story to stand as testimony." --"The New Yorker ""A rare collection of testimonies that show the scale of our humanity, both good and bad, wondrous and horrific." --Amy Tan "An important document that records with intelligent sympathy lives warped or destroyed by political revolutions." --"Kirkus Reviews ""Bursting with details that make each account haunting. These stories have all the force of good fiction." --"The Washington Post ""Astonishing."--"Glamour ""Remarkable. . . . Rather than educating readers through facts and statistics, the author takes readers into the world of these Chinese women, printing their testimonies, which are beautiful, simple, honest, but sometimes horrific. Collectively, they are a raw and explosive social history." -"Rocky Mountain News" "An amazing glimpse into [China's] culture. . .Xinran leaves us wanting to know more about ordinary Chinese women-women like herself." -"The Deseret News" "Strangely poetic as well as disturbing. . .Readers familiar with Wild Swans will know about the endless political campaigns and their malign effect on domestic life. . .the author is at her best when talking to women of that era." -"The Economist" "The power of [Xinran's] book stems from its simplicity. . . . The often appalling and always moving narratives are based on real scenes. . . . An honest book."-"The Sunday Telegraph "(UK) "Moving . . . horrific. . . . Nothing short of heartbreaking. . . . There's no denying The Good Women of China""is an important book." -"Time Asia ""An enlightening, moving, and sometimes horrifying account." -"The Sunday Morning Post "(UK) "Leads the reader on an anguishing journey of discovery and catharsis. What emerges from the tragedies that have lain silent all these years is awe for those women who survived the horrors of their pa
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    When Deng Xiaoping's efforts to "open up" China took root in the late 1980s, Xinran recognized an invaluable opportunity. As an employee for the state radio system, she had long wanted to help improve the lives of Chinese women. But when she was given clearance to host a radio call-in show, she barely anticipated the enthusiasm it would quickly generate. Operating within the constraints imposed by government censors, "Words on the Night Breeze" sparked a tremendous outpouring, and the hours of tape on her answering machines were soon filled every night. Whether angry or muted, posing questions or simply relating experiences, these anonymous women bore witness to decades of civil strife, and of halting attempts at self-understanding in a painfully restrictive society. In this collection, by turns heartrending and inspiring, Xinran brings us the stories that affected her most, and offers a graphically detailed, altogether unprecedented work of oral history.