Blood Red Sunset: A Memoir of the Chinese Cultural Revolution (Paperback)

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By Ma Bo, Howard Goldblatt (Translated by)
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A searing first hand account of China's Cultural Revolution that joins the ranks of great memoirs such as Life and Death in Shanghai, Wild Swans and A Chinese Odyssey

First banned in its native land, this earthy, unflinching memoir has become one of the biggest bestsellers in the history of China.
 
In 1968, a fervent young Red Guard joined the army of hotheaded adolescents who trekked to Inner Mongolia to spread the Cultural Revolution. After gaining a reputation as a brutal abuser of the local herd owners and nomads, Ma Bo casually criticized a Party Leader. Denounced as an “active counterrevolutionary” and betrayed by his friends, the idealistic youth was brutally beaten and imprisoned.
 
Charged with passion, never doctrinaire, Blood Red Sunset is a startlingly vivid and personal narrative that opens a window on the psyche of totalitarian excess that no other work of history can provide. This is a tale of ideology and disillusionment, a powerful work of political and literary importance.
 
“A deceptively straightforward story carried forward by deep currents of insight.”—The Washington Post
 
“A genuine, no-holds-barred, unadorned piece of writing…echoing the realities of contemporary China.”—Liu Binyan, The New York Times Book Review

Praise For…


"A huge bestseller in China, this richly detailed record is told with raw narrative power. " -- Publishers Weekly

"...does so with searing honesty and the power of his pugnacious personality." -- Los Angeles Times


“A deceptively straightforward story carried forward by deep currents of insight.”—The Washington Post
 
“A genuine, no-holds-barred, unadorned piece of writing…echoing the realities of contemporary China.”—Liu Binyan, The New York Times Book Review
Product Details
ISBN: 9780140159424
ISBN-10: 0140159428
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: July 1st, 1996
Pages: 384
Language: English