病毒羔羊 - Infected LambBook - 2015 | Chinese
This is a novel set in China during the Cultural Revolution. Surpassing the so-called "scar literature"-a writing style commonly employed to present that time period, this novel revives that perverse era of political turmoil vividly through the pure eyes and innocent comprehension of a little girl-Xia Xiaolei. A series of absurd reasons compels Xia to live with her grandfather, far away from parents. Despite that Xia, an eight year old, is at the crucial threshold of forming her values and beliefs, the confluence of education from school, society, and family nonetheless abandons traditional values altogether. She is fed with distorted moral and aesthetical views instead. In turn, she learns how to deceive, hate, avenge, and betray, and becomes involved in a case of murder at the end. I have drawn on large parts of my personal experience to complete this novel. This effort to restore that time period is my desire to evoke you, my dear readers, to contemplate the grim reality: children like Xia from that time period are now the salt of the earth in China; what is the underlying connection between China's degeneration in social ethics now and the education then? Even a child is capable of contributing to the evil in politics, who can claim they are merely an innocent victim? When this novel was nearing its completion, an astounding tragedy from my hometown shook the entire China. A two year girl, Xiao Yueyue, was hit by a car in a busy marketplace. She fell to the ground and was rolled over by an ensuing car. She was left unattended despite 18 pedestrians passed by her body at different times. She passed away. It was more disturbing to learn that this tragedy was only one out of many. This misfortune marks the bankruptcy of ethics, management, and trust in China's society-and as the old saying goes, "Rome was not built in a day." I have come to the conclusion that the invisible virus that devours morality has mutated. This novel presents a cross-section in history, displaying the invasion and infection of this virus. Its deadly symptoms are what we are suffering under today...
Publisher: SC: EHG Books 2015
Branch Call Number: CHI F GEN LIY