Madwoman on the Bridge

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Black Swan, 2008 - Fiction - 300 pages
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The first collection of short stories to be published from the bestselling Chinese author of Raise the Red Lantern   Set during the fall-out of the Cultural Revolution, these bizarre and delicate stories capture the collision of the old China of vanished dynasties with communism and today's tiger economy. The mad woman on the bridge wears a historical gown which she refuses to take off. In the height of summer she stands madly on the bridge, until a young female doctor, bewitched by the beauty of the mad woman's dress, plots to take it from her, with tragic consequences. From the folklorist who becomes the victim of his own rural research, to the doctor whose infertility treatment brings about the birth of a monster child, to a young thief who steals a red train only to have it stolen from him, Su Tong's stories are a scorching look at humanity.

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Su Tong is one of China's most celebrated bestselling authors, shooting to international fame in 1993 when Zhang Yimou's film of his novella Raise the Red Lantern was nominated for an Oscar.

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