The Boat to Redemption: A Novel

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Overlook, Oct 27, 2011 - Fiction - 368 pages
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In the peaceable, river-side village of Milltown, Secretary Ku has fallen into disgrace. It has been officially proven that he is not the son of a revolutionary martyr, but the issue of a river pirate and a prostitute. Mocked by his neighbors, Ku leaves the shore for a new life among the boat people. Refusing to renounce his high status, he--along with his teenage son--keeps his distance from the gossipy lowlifes who surround him. Then one day a feral girl, Huixian, arrives looking for her mother, and the boat people, and especially Ku's son, take her to their hearts. But Huixian sows conflict wherever she goes, and soon the boy is in the grip of an obsession.

Raw, emotional, and unerringly funny, the Man Asian Prize-winning novel from China's bestselling literary author is a story of a people caught in the stranglehold not only of their own desires and needs, but also of a Party that sees everything and forgives nothing.

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The Boat to Redemption

User Review  - Shirley N. Quan - Book Verdict

Recently shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker International Prize, distinguished Chinese author Su is perhaps best known in the West for Raise the Red Lantern, made into an Academy Award-nominated film ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In a loosely paced, prize-winning political satire, possible descendants of a Chinese revolutionary martyr are linked to an orphan girl with a bourgeois attitude.Su Tong (My Life as Emperor, 2005, etc ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Born in 1963 in Suzhou and now living in Beijing with his family, Su Tong is China's most celebrated author, shooting to international fame when Zhang Yimou's Academy Award-nominated film of his novella Raise the Red Lantern.

Translator Howard Goldblatt is research professor at the University of Notre Dame. He has been awarded the Translation of the Year Prize from the American Literary Translators Association and the Man Asian Literary Prize.

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