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To Live

To Live

YU Hua (Author)

Anchor Books, 2013
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An award-winning, internationally acclaimed Chinese bestseller, originally banned in China but recently named one of the last decade’s ten most influential books there, To Live tells the epic story of one man’s transformation from the spoiled son of a rich landlord to an honorable and kindhearted peasant.

After squandering his family’s fortune in gambling dens and brothels, the young, deeply penitent Fugui settles down to do the honest work of a farmer. Forced by the Nationalist Army to leave behind his family, he witnesses the horrors and privations of the Civil War, only to return years later to face a string of hardships brought on by the ravages of the Cultural Revolution. Left with an ox as the companion of his final years, Fugui stands as a model of flinty authenticity, buoyed by his appreciation for life in this narrative of humbling power.
Internationally acclaimed bestseller and adopted screenplay, To Live uses a first-person narrative to tell the life story of Fu Gui - starting from his transformation from a spoiled, rich son to a poor farmer in the Maoist era. This novel highlights the challenges and sufferings of normal people during this era. The ironic fate of Fu Gui and his family shows that 'To Live' is never easy, especially during that period. There is no doubt this is a powerful and highly profound tear-jerker.
ISBN: 9781400031863
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Sizes: 130x203mm
Publication: 6/2013
Weight: 214g

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