ISBN 9780743246989,Wild Swans

Wild Swans

Author:

Jung Chang

Publisher:

Touchstone Books

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ISBN 9780743246989
Publisher

Touchstone Books

Publication Year 2003
ISBN-13

ISBN 9780743246989

ISBN-10 0743246985
Binding

Paperback

Edition 4th
Number of Pages 544 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Autobiography: general

Blending the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history, Wild Swans has become a bestselling classic in thirty languages, with more than ten million copies sold. The story of three generations in twentieth-century China, it is an engrossing record of Mao's impact on China, an unusual window on the female experience in the modern world, and an inspiring tale of courage and love. Jung Chang describes the life of her grandmother, a warlord's concubine; her mother's struggles as a young idealistic Communist; and her parents' experience as members of the Communist elite and their ordeal during the Cultural Revolution. Chang was a Red Guard briefly at the age of fourteen, then worked as a peasant, a "barefoot doctor," a steelworker, and an electrician. As the story of each generation unfolds, Chang captures in gripping, moving -- and ultimately uplifting -- detail the cycles of violent drama visited on her own family and millions of others caught in the whirlwind of history. About the Author Jung Chang was born in Yibin, Sichuan Province, China, in 1952. She left China for Britain in 1978 and obtained a Ph. D. in linguistics from the University of York in 1982, the first person from the People's Republic of China to receive a doctorate from a British university. She lives in London with her husband, Jon Halli day, with whom she wrote Mao: The Unknown Story.

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