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Author Cao, Guanlong, 1945-

Title The attic : memoir of a Chinese landlord's son / Guanlong Cao ; translated by Guanlong Cao and Nancy Moskin
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1996


Description 1 online resource (vi, 245 pages)
Contents Memory of the belly -- The Bodhisattva's toes -- Bath -- The Penglai market -- The temple of the letters -- Anecdotes about the roof -- Going to the Great World -- Taxi hopping -- Sizzling grease -- Pigs' heads -- Sheep fat soap -- Rotten fruit -- Father was old -- Crystal radio -- The culture of killing -- The milk incident -- Relocation -- Automotive school -- Mr. Lu -- The pursuit of oil -- Chopsticks -- Sweet potatoes -- Dentist herb -- Bean dregs paste -- Wet dream -- Shovel-shaped fences -- Bao changed -- The sadness of the Phoenix fish -- Travel pass and wheat flour -- Cricoid cartilage -- Rubber plantation -- My injury -- I am hunted -- No armband -- I slapped my sister -- Farewell
Summary In this exquisite memoir, novelist Guanlong Cao sketches the tales of growing up in Shanghai during the tumultuous Cultural Revolution. Forced to the bottom of the Chinese society as "class enemies" because Cao's father was a petty landlord, his family eked out a meager existence in a cramped attic in a tiny corner of Shanghai. Through the eyes of a child growing into a young man, we observe the tenderness, the tragedy, and even the humor of daily life: the endless quest for enough food, children's games and fantasies, sexual stirrings, exile to the countryside, imprisonment, sickness, old age, and death. Political upheavals flicker across the background, occasionally intruding into the lives of this ordinary - and yet utterly extraordinary - family. Reminiscent of the concise style of classical Chinese memoirs, Cao's lean, elegant prose heightens the emotional intensity of his story. Perceptive and humorous, his voice is deeply original. It is a voice that demands to be heard - for the historical moment it captures as well as for the personal revelations it distills
Notes Translation from Chinese
"First paperback printing 1998"--Page iv
Print version record
Subject Cao, Guanlong, 1945-
Cao, Guanlong, 1945-
Authors, Chinese -- 20th century -- Biography
HISTORY -- Asia -- China.
Authors, Chinese
China -- History -- Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976 -- Personal narratives
Genre/Form Electronic books
Personal narratives
Personal narratives.
Récits personnels.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780520917446