Baptism (Chinese-English)


The characters in this vivid, witty and engrossing novel, set in a Beijing literary institute right after the revolution, are a group of intellectuals from the old society adjusting to a new reality. There is a love story, intrigue, backbiting and deception: familiar circumstances of academic life. But in the end, all must undergo the harrowing ordeal of public confession in the first great purge of the 1950?s. As each responds with subterfuge, terror of humility, they reveal more about their souls than about their politics. Baptism has wide appeal for general readers, especially those with an interest in China, Written in a direct and fast-moving style with vivid characters and universal plot, it will also be a welcome edition to universal courses in modern Chinese literature or Chinese history and politics. Baptism is the only novel written by the distinguished Chinese woman playwright. Essayist, and translator, Yang Jiang. Born in 1911 she has experienced the entire sweep of Chinas turbulent twentieth-century history. Passages from this novel have already been quoted, in English, in books about the period. Her memoir of life during the Cultural Revolution has been translated twice and widely read. She studied at Oxford and the Sorbonne during the 1930s, then returned to China where for many years she was a member of the Literary Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

  • New Paperback 16*29 cm, 288 pp.


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Condition: New
ISBN: 9787020063772
Shipping Weight: 1.8lbs
Publisher: 人民文学
Published: 2007

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