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China in One Village


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An unforgettable portrait of the tectonic shifts happening in rural China-told through the microcosm of one small town

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Liang Hong is a Professor of Chinese literature at Renmin University in Beijing. She is the author of numerous books including Leaving Liang Village and a a collection of short stories and a novel.


"In an essayistic voice of great grace, we are shown a most shocking and distressing Chinese reality. Amid the cruelty of a collapsing rural village, we feel the encroachment of the city, and of desire. This is an uncommonly beautiful work of field research; reportage of a different order; a theoretical window that provides penetrating insight into the country. Here one may lay a finger on the heart of China, on the heart of literature."
-Yan Lianke, author of Three Brothers

"Liang Hong is an author with 'wide-open senses.' She captures detail the way a musician might know an instrument's timbre from the briefest snatch of music. As she enters into daily life, she is able to capture the slightest details, to isolate and record them."
-Jia Zhangke, director of Ash Is Purest White

China in One Village
is a post-socialist version of The Return of the Native. It chronicles the changes and continuities, and hopes and despairs, of rural Chinese society as it weathers the challenges of the market economy, a disenfranchised social structure, and monolithic politics. Liang Hong has provided a compelling portrait of grassroots China today: its sadness, its resilience, its haunting memories, and its contested prospects."
-David Der-Wei Wang, author of Why Fiction Matters in Contemporary China

"An engaging read, with lively first-person narratives ... it is in these stories that the universality of people's hopes, fears and frustrations really shines through."
-New Internationalist

"A lucid, accessible account of rural Chinese life, its stories worth far more than the statistics usually invoked in accounts of the profound change that has swept China."
-Jonathan Chatwin, South China Morning Post

"A true literary sensation ... [Liang] pulls no punches."
-Ian Johnson, New York Times

"Stunningly insightful ... What makes Liang's study so compelling is the way in which it offers a glimpse of a world in which personal problems ... exist on the same level as broader social and political problems."
-Mark Rappolt, ArtReview

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