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The Vagrants A Novel (Paperback)

Author:  Yiyun Li
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0812973348
ISBN-13: 9780812973341
Sku: 211295475
Publish Date: 2/16/2010
Pages:  349
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In 1979 Muddy River, a provincial Chinese city, the Gu family struggles to deal with the imminent loss of their daughter, Gu Shan, about to be executed as a counterrevolutionary, while their neighbors deal with the realities of life in China. *Author: Li, Yiyun *Subtitle: A Novel *Publication Date: 2010/02/16 *Number of Pages: 349 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 7.75
Award-winning short story writer Yiyun Li makes a memorable debut as a novelist with this profound look into a Chinese village trying to endure the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution in the late 1970s. The execution of former Red Guard Gu Shan is the centerpiece of the novel, an event that will have marked consequences for the village and the Chinese nation. Li's grim depiction of Shan's denunciation ceremony, her death by firing squad, and her grotesque burial begins to reveal the true nature of many of the village's inhabitants. This novel vividly depicts the onset of the Chinese defiance and outrage that would culminate not long after in the Tiananmen Square uprising. Selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the 100 Best Books of 2009.


"[M]agnificent and jaw-droppingly grim...the reader can't help being drawn into the novel, like a sleeper trapped in an anxiety dream." (Starred review.) 10/20/2008

"Love, sex, loneliness and ambition--[Li's] depiction of these competing desires renders Muddy River's citizens immediate and human." - Eliza Griswold 02/01/2009

"Unflinching and mesmerizing, Li traces the contagion of evil with stunning precision and compassion in this tragic and beautiful novel of conscience." - Donna Seaman 01/01/2009

"Ms. Li presents a desolate yet fully transporting vision of China in the turmoil of the late 1970s, still reeling from the death of Mao Zedong and clinging to unclear measures of political rectitude and very clear methods of political corruption." - Janet Maslin 01/28/2009

"Li's prose, memorable for its simplicity and rewards readers with that same austere beauty, a style so limpid and spare that when the rare lyrical description occurs, it reverberates..." - Joan Frank 02/01/2009

"The power of precise portraiture underpins Li's first, dazzlingly successful, foray into novel-writing." - Alison Kelly 02/06/2009

"[Li's] interest is not in the system itself, but in the costs and consequences of a society gone mad, one in which capitulation is regarded as the highest virtue and compassion is treated as a vice." - Pico Iyer 03/08/2009

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