'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' Times
China 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, modernisation, Westernisation - and have survived into the twenty-first century. We meet everyday heroes 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'.
'Xinran's project is laudable...[with] fascinating perspectives offered on everything from arranged marriages to chairman Mao' Metro
'This is another excellent book' Literary Reviewshow more