Banished!

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University of Hawaii Press, 2009 - Fiction - 250 pages
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It is 1969 and China is in the throes of the Cultural Revolution. The Tao family is banished to the countryside, forced to leave comfortable lives in Nanjing to be reeducated in the true nature of the revolution by the peasants of Sanyu village.

The parents face exile with stoicism and teach their son to embrace reeducation wholeheartedly. Is this simple pragmatism, an attempt to protect the boy and ensure his future? Or do the banished cadres really cling to their belief in their leaders and the ideals of the Revolution? These questions remain tantalizingly unanswered in this prize-winning first novel.

 

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Contents

Banishment
1
The Enclosure
20
Young Tao
44
Primary School
63
Animals
77
The Farm Tools Factory
100
Zhao Ningsheng
117
The Cleaning Bug
129
Rich Peasants
166
Striking Root
181
The Author
198
Conclusion
227
Glossary
241
Han Dong and the World of Chinese Literature
247
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