Foreign Devil: A Novel

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Coffee House Press, 1996 - Fiction - 287 pages
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Foreign Devil tells the story of Ni Bing, whose desire for a free life earns her the disparagement of family and friends. Amid the turbulence of the Cultural Revolution and the kafkaesque rules of contemporary China, she dreams of attending college and moving to America. Trapped in a web of gossip and innuendo, betrayed by her married lover, threatened by the local police, and thwarted by the haunting past, Ni Bing finds more than just a way out. By losing her innocence, she finds herself - and uncovers the intricate secrets of her parents.
 

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Foreign Devil: A Novel

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Shanghai-born Wang Ping's first novel relies on a first-person narrator, like her short story collection American Visa (Coffee House Pr., 1994). Here, Ni Bing details her 12-year struggle to earn a ... Read full review

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Very readabke, hard to put down! I have read a fair amount of pre-revolutionary Chinese life but this was the best I have read that depicts Chinese experince since the Cultural Revolution. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
11
Section 3
23
Section 4
43
Section 5
64
Section 6
81
Section 7
87
Section 8
120
Section 12
180
Section 13
187
Section 14
197
Section 15
204
Section 16
216
Section 17
236
Section 18
247
Section 19
257

Section 9
135
Section 10
150
Section 11
161
Section 20
280
Section 21
293
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About the author (1996)

Wang Ping was born in Shanghai and grew up on a small island in the East China Sea. After three years spent farming in a mountain village commune, she attended Beijing University. In 1985 she left China to study in the United States, earning her PhD from New York University. She is the acclaimed author of the short story collection American Visa, the novel Foreign Devil, two poetry collections: Of Flesh & Spirit and The Magic Whip, and the cultural study Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China.

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