The Cowshed: Memories of the Chinese Cultural Revolution

The Cowshed: Memories of the Chinese Cultural Revolution

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ISBN-13: 9781590179277
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 03/08/2016
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Ji Xianlin (1911–2009) was born in the impoverished flatlands of Shandong Province, only weeks before the Qing government was overthrown, and educated in Germany in the 1930s. After the Second World War, he returned to China to co-chair the Eastern Languages Department at Peking University. A distinguished scholar of Sanskrit and Pali, Ji was best known as an influential essayist and public intellectual. The former Chinese premier Wen Jiabao paid visits to the author during his final years and made it known that he considered Ji a mentor.

Chenxin Jiang was born in Singapore and grew up in Hong Kong. Recent and forthcoming translations include a novel by Xiao Bai for HarperCollins and 
one by Zsuzsanna Gahse for Dalkey Archive Press. She received the 2011 Susan Sontag Prize for Translation, as well as a PEN Translation Grant for her work on Ji Xianlin. Chenxin also translates from Italian and German. She studied comparative literature and creative writing at Princeton University.

Zha Jianying is a journalist and nonfiction writer. She is the author of two books in English, China Pop: How Soap Operas, Tabloids, and Bestsellers Are Transforming a Culture and Tide Players: The Movers and Shakers of a Rising China. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Dushu. She divides her time between Beijing and New York City.

Table of Contents

Memories of the Cowshed by Ji Xianlin, translated by Chenxin Jiang.
Provisional Contents:
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The Socialist Education Movement
Chapter 3. June 4th, 1966
Chapter 4: Choosing a label that fit
Chapter 5: A half-year respite
Chapter 6: Joining the fray
Chapter 7: A house raid
Chapter 8: On the brink of suicide
Chapter 9: At the eleventh hour
Chapter 10: Reform through labor begins
Chapter 11: The great struggle session
Chapter 12: Taiping Village
Chapter 13: Building our own prison
Chapter 14: In the cowshed (1)
Chapter 15: In the cowshed (2)
Chapter 16: In the cowshed (3)
Chapter 17: Relocating the cowshed
Chapter 18: Half liberated
Chapter 19: Fully liberated
Chapter 20: Afterthoughts and reflections

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