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

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

Revised Edition
Chen Ruoxi.
Edited by Howard Goldblatt. With a new introduction by Perry Link. Translated by Nancy Ing and Howard Goldblatt.
Distribution: World
Publication date: 6/29/2004
ISBN: 978-0-253-11094-7
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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.

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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