Chronicle of A Blood Merchant

Chronicle of A Blood Merchant

A Novel

Book - 2004
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From the acclaimed author of Brothers and China in Ten Words : here is Yu Hua's unflinching portrait of life under Chairman Mao. A cart-pusher in a silk mill, Xu Sanguan augments his meager salary with regular visits to the local blood chief. His visits become lethally frequent as he struggles to provide for his wife and three sons at the height of the Cultural Revolution. Shattered to discover that his favorite son was actually born of a liaison between his wife and a neighbor, he suffers his greatest indignity, while his wife is publicly scorned as a prostitute. Although the poverty and betrayals of Mao's regime have drained him, Xu Sanguan ultimately finds strength in the blood ties of his family. With rare emotional intensity, grippingly raw descriptions of place and time, and clear-eyed compassion, Yu Hua gives us a stunning tapestry of human life in the grave particulars of one man's days.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2004
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
ISBN: 9781400031856
Branch Call Number: F YU
Characteristics: 263 p. ; 21 cm

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Aug 23, 2015

Named as one of the ten most important books in China during the 1990s (from book jacket). Terrific writing, reminds me of Mo Yan.

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