xxiv, 455 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Introduction / by Perry Link Liberation Silent garden My diaries Freshman year A Glib confession Emergency transfer Expulsion The Dregs of society The Gates of Hell Disaster strikes Dreams of freedom Unwelcome guests Runaway Dr, Zhivago Underground Xi'an A Chance encounter Love in an abandoned temple Lessons from the Goddess of Love Arrested Prisoner number two Interrogation Food fantasies The Verdict The Holding cell Induction A Shattered dream An Overdose of potatoes Sisyphean labors The Rope of the law Stolen treats Release Homecoming Adopted son Reincarnation as a peasant My adoptive father A City slicker in the countryside A Skillful mechanic An Old flame Clock repairman A Fleeting idyll Back in the cooler The Forbidden radio Father's death My wife A Woman is the heart of a home Thaw A Recurring nightmare You can't go home again A Small world "Aim your guns here" Exodus My nightmare comes true Arrested again Farewell to China Breaking the silence Epiphany Epilogue : My children.
This memoir of human resilience in the face of nightmarish power draws us into the intersections of everyday life and Communist power from the first days of "Liberation" in 1949 through the Tiananmen Square protests and after. The son of a professional family, Kang is a free spirit, drawn to literature. In Mao's China, these innocuous circumstances expose him at the age of twenty to a fierce struggle session, expulsion from university, and a four-year term of hard labor in Xi'an's Number Two Brickyard. So begins his long stay in the prison-camp system, a story of hardship and poignance, of warmth and humor in the face of cruelty. He finally escapes by forfeiting his identity: at age twenty-eight he is adopted by an aging bachelor in a peasant village, enabling him to start a new life. Rehabilitated after Mao's death, Kang finds himself still subject to the recurring nightmare of party authority.--From publisher description.
Translated from the Chinese.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.