ISBN 9781846555893,The Flowers of War

The Flowers of War

Author:

Geling Yan

Publisher:

Harvill Secker

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ISBN 9781846555893
Publisher

Harvill Secker

Publication Year 2012
ISBN-13

ISBN 9781846555893

ISBN-10 1846555892
Binding

Hardback

Number of Pages 256 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

General & Literary Fiction,Historical Fiction

December 1937. The Japanese have taken Nanking. A group of terrified schoolgirls hides in the compound of an American church. Among them is Shujuan, through whose thirteen-year-old eyes we witness the shocking events that follow.

Run by Father Engelmann, an American priest who has been in China for many years, the church is supposedly neutral ground in the war between China and Japan. But it becomes clear the Japanese are not obeying international rules of engagement. As they pour through the streets of Nanking, raping and pillaging the civilian population, the girls are in increasing danger. And their safety is further compromised when prostitutes from the nearby brothel climb over the wall into the compound seeking refuge.

Short, powerful, vivid, this beautiful novel transports the reader to 1930s China. Full of wonderful characters, from the austere priest to the irreverent prostitutes, it is a story about how war upsets all prejudices and how love can flourish amidst death.

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