The Execution of Mayor Yin and Other Stories from the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, Revised Edition

The Execution of Mayor Yin and Other Stories from the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, Revised Edition

Ruoxi [Jo-Hsi] Chen, translated by Nancy Ing
Distribution: World
Publication date: 07/21/2004
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-21690-8
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2005 AAUP Public and Secondary School Library Selection

Praise for the first edition:

... in the great tradition of Orwell and Solzhenitsyn; its true subject is the survival—and sometimes the defeat—of the human spirit in its lonely quest for integrity." —Time

The almost childlike directness of Chen's tales... is captured in the very lightly revised translations of this new edition... Highly recommended." —Choice

A classic of modern world literature, this collection of stories provides a vivid and poignant eyewitness view of everyday life in China during the Cultural Revolution. For this edition, Howard Goldblatt has thoroughly revised the text and updated it to Pinyin romanization. In a new introduction, Perry Link reflects on the book’s significance in the post-Tiananmen era. Twenty-five years after its first publication, The Execution of Mayor Yin has lost none of its power to move the reader, and remains unmatched as a document of the period.

Author Bio

Chen Ruoxi [Chen Jo-hsi] was born in Taiwan in 1938. She and her husband emigrated to mainland China in 1966 and lived there for the next seven years, and her experiences during that time are a source for the stories collected here. She lives in Taiwan.

Howard Goldblatt is Research Professor of East Asian Languages at the University of Notre Dame.

Perry Link is Professor of East Asian Studies at Princeton University.

Reviews

“"Link [provides] an original essay on literature about human-caused disasters, an essay that could stand alone and makes this edition particularly valuable, even to libraries that own the first edition. Highly recommended." — Choice A classic of modern world literature, this collection of stories provides a vivid eyewitness view of everyday life in China during the Cultural Revolution. For this edition, the text has been thoroughly revised and updated to Pinyin romanization. A new introduction reflects on the book's significance in the post-Tianamen era.”

““ . . . the people of China transcend its politics, and it is their power of survival that Chen Jo-hsi ultimately celebrates.” —New York Review of Books “ . . . in the great tradition of Orwell and Solzhenitsyn. . . . ” —Time "Ch'en . . . is probably the most subtle and powerful writer to emerge in China since the 1940s. . . . she tells the truth, a devastating virtue." —Times Literary Supplement “Available now in paperback, [The Execution of Mayor Yin] should enjoy a deservedly wider audience, especially among . . . students.” —Focus on Asian Studies

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Table of Contents

The Execution of Mayor Yin
"Chairman Mao Is a Rotten Egg"
Night Duty
Residency Check
Jen Hsiu-lan
The Big Fish
Keng Erh in Peking
Nixon's Press Corps