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By Kang Zhengguo

This “gripping and poignant memoir” (New York instances e-book Review) attracts us into the intersections of way of life and Communist strength from the 1st days of “Liberation” in 1949 in the course of the post-Mao period. The son of a pro kinfolk, Kang Zhengguo is a unfastened spirit, interested in literature. In Mao’s China, those harmless conditions disclose him at age twenty to a fierce fight consultation, expulsion from collage, and a four-year time period of not easy hard work. So starts his lengthy remain within the prison-camp method. He eventually escapes the chinese language gulag via forfeiting his identification: at age twenty-eight he's followed through an getting older bachelor in a peasant village, which permits him to begin a brand new existence.

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