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The Corpse Walker: Real Life Stories: China From the Bottom Up - Liao Yiwu
The Corpse Walker: Real Life Stories: China From the Bottom Up
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The 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... show more
The 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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780307388377 (0307388379)
Publisher: Anchor
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
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teaandbooks
teaandbooks rated it
3.0 Parts of Chinese society we almost never see.
The corpse walker. The human trafficker. The retired government official. The leper. The professional mourner. Some of these incredibly compelling stories tell the reader about the lives, struggles, sadness, triumphs of various people as they get by to survive and live. Many are on the outskirts o...
Cygan
Cygan rated it
0.0 A fe!
Bardzo wiele sobie obiecywałem po lekturze tej książki, ale fatalnie się zawiodłem. Dawno nie zdarzyło mi się czytać czegoś tak kiepsko napisanego. Nawet jeśli niektóre rozmowy są odtwarzane z pamięci, zadaniem autora jest przekazanie emocji rozmówcy, naszkicowania całej jego osoby. Tu tego zupełn...
Another fine mess
Another fine mess rated it
4.0
Half-read (so far). These are excellent oral histories/narratives of people displaced, marginalized, oppressed, eccentric, and/or forgotten in the New China. In some ways reminiscent of the best of Studs Terkel's stuff, as many reviewers note, but the accounts seem more shaped, are certainly given...
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