A Private Life (Weatherhead Books on Asia) by Ran Chen,John Howard-Gibbon PDF

By Ran Chen,John Howard-Gibbon

From one in every of China's so much celebrated modern novelists comes this riveting story of a tender woman's emotional and sexual awakening. Set within the turbulent a long time of the Cultural Revolution and the Tian'anmen sq. incident, A deepest Life exposes the complicated and fantastical internal lifetime of a tender lady becoming up in the course of a time of excessive social and political upheaval.

At the age of twenty-six, Ni Niuniu has come to just accept ache and loss. She has suffered the loss of life of her mom and an in depth good friend and neighbor, Mrs. Ho. She has lengthy been estranged from her tyrannical father, whereas her boyfriend -- an excellent and good-looking poet named Yin Nan -- was once pressured to escape the rustic. She has survived a annoying affair with a former instructor, a psychological breakdown that left her in a psychological establishment for 2 years, and a stray bullet that tore throughout the flesh of her left leg. Now dwelling in entire seclusion, Niuniu shuns an international that turns out incapable of accepting her and as an alternative spends her days wandering in brilliant, dreamlike reveries the place her fractured reminiscences and wild fantasies merge together with her inescapable emotions of depression and loneliness. but this eccentric younger lady -- stuck among the disappearing traditions of the prior and a modernizing Beijing, a flood of thoughts and an unknowable destiny, her selected solitude and her irrepressible longing -- discovers power and independence via writing, which transforms her flight from the hypocrisy of city lifestyles right into a trip of self-realization and rebirth.

First released in 1996 to common severe acclaim, Ran Chen's arguable debut novel is a lyrical meditation on reminiscence, sexuality, femininity, and the customarily arbitrary differences among insanity and sanity, alienation and belonging, nature and society. As Chen leads the reader deep into the psyche of Ni Niuniu -- into her innermost secrets and techniques and sexual wishes -- the borders keeping apart narrator and protagonist, author and topic dissolve, exposing the shared facets of human lifestyles that go beyond geographical and cultural differences.

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