Blood Red Sunset: A Memoir of the Chinese Cultural Revolution

Blood Red Sunset: A Memoir of the Chinese Cultural Revolution

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by Ma Bo
     
 

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In a startlingly vivid, strangely objective, personal narrative, Ma Bo, who was denounced as an "active counterrevolutionary" in 1968, opens a window on the Chinese psyche that no work of history can provide, telling a passionate tale of a humanity that survives against all odds--a tale of ideology and disillusionment that will speak to all readers.

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In a startlingly vivid, strangely objective, personal narrative, Ma Bo, who was denounced as an "active counterrevolutionary" in 1968, opens a window on the Chinese psyche that no work of history can provide, telling a passionate tale of a humanity that survives against all odds--a tale of ideology and disillusionment that will speak to all readers.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``We were dupes of class struggle'' the author says of the 1966-76 national aberration known as the Cultural Revolution, ``made to howl at the moon like a pack of dogs.'' When the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party launched the One-Smash-and-Three-Oppose Campaign in 1970, the author was a fervent Red Guard. But his best friend betrayed him and Ma Bo was denounced as an ``active counterrevolutionary,'' charged with slandering Chairman Mao and sentenced to labor reform in the quarries of Inner Mongolia. An irrepressible, pugnacious young man, Ma Bo launched a campaign to convince the authorities to reopen his case. The upshot was a period of official ostracism and personal isolation; how he managed to cope with this while suffering the tortures of unrequited love forms a major portion of this compelling memoir. In 1976 the Party unexpectedly changed the verdict on him to ``serious political errors'' and ordered his conditional release. A huge bestseller in China, this richly detailed record is told with raw narrative power. Ma Bo is writer-in-residence at Brown University. (Mar.)
Library Journal
The latest in a spate of excellent memoirs recalling the horrors of the Cultural Revolution. (LJ 2/1/95)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140159424
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
907,348
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.26(h) x 0.89(d)

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Blood Red Sunset: A Memoir of the Chinese Cultural Revolution 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A good book about a teenager and his friends going around and robbing from farmers and other people. It provides good images of fights and the jail he had to stay in after being arrested for being an 'active counterrevolutionary'. I liked this book after I read it even though I thought I wouldn't before I started.