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The corpse walker : real life stories, China from the bottom up

Yiwu Liao
A compilation of twenty-seven extraordinary oral histories that opens a window, unlike any other, onto the lives of ordinary, often outcast, Chinese men and women. Liao Yiwu (one of the best-known writers in China because he is also one of the most censored) chose his subjects from the bottom of Chinese society: people for whom the "new" China--the China of economic growth and globalization--is no more beneficial than the old. Here are a professional mourner, a trafficker in humans, a leper, an abbot, a retired government official, a former landowner, a mortician, a feng shui master, a former Red Guard, a political prisoner, a village teacher, a blind street musician, a Falun Gong practitioner, and many others--people who have been battered by life but who have managed to retain their dignity, their humor, and their essential, complex humanity. Liao's interviews were given from 1990 to 2003.--From
eBook, English, 2008
Pantheon Books, New York, 2008
1 online resource
9780307377180, 9780307377180, 0307377180, 0307377180
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
"This translation is composed of ten new pieces and sixteen pieces that were originally published in Chinese in Taiwan as part of Interviews with People from the Bottom Rung of Society, published by Rye Field Publishing Co., Taipei, in 2002"--Title page verso