Summer of Betrayal

Summer of Betrayal At dawn on the June morning in following the brutal repression of student demonstrations in Beijing a young poet flees the bullets tanks and soldiers trying desperately to get back to the fla

  • Title: Summer of Betrayal
  • Author: Hong Ying Martha Avery
  • ISBN: 9780802135940
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Paperback
  • At dawn on the June morning in 1989 following the brutal repression of student demonstrations in Beijing, a young poet flees the bullets, tanks, and soldiers, trying desperately to get back to the flat she shares with her lover When she discovers him in bed with his estranged wife, she must strike out again and alone into the maelstrom of terror and risk that BeijingAt dawn on the June morning in 1989 following the brutal repression of student demonstrations in Beijing, a young poet flees the bullets, tanks, and soldiers, trying desperately to get back to the flat she shares with her lover When she discovers him in bed with his estranged wife, she must strike out again and alone into the maelstrom of terror and risk that Beijing has become In the ensuing months, as she is all but overwhelmed by painful memories of the past and by the turmoil of the present, she goes through a kind of sea change sexual freedom and erotic liberation seem to be the only freedoms left to her, but these, too, may lead to betrayal, and she must find her bearings on her own This remarkable first novel by a striking young Chinese author is a lyrical, outspoken account of a major turning point in Chinese history, and a cri de coeur from the generation that instigated the bold initiatives of 1989 and suffered most from the cruelties that followed Summer of Betrayal was published in Taiwan in 1992 though banned in China, it circulated widely there This is its first publication in the West.

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    1. image: This story, translated from the Chinese, is set in China at the time of the Tiananmen Square uprising (1989). A young woman has left her poor rural roots behind and is in graduate school studying to be an artist. (As was the author – she was in Beijing studying writing in 1989.) The young woman in the novel is the eldest of several girls – all “burdens” to their family at that time in rural China when sons were hoped for. She knows her father loathes her existence and thinks of he [...]

    2. This book is astounding. It absolutely took my breath away.I bought it a couple of years ago, secondhand, and I thought that it was erotic literature, based on my reading of the back cover. I guess that's why it took me so long to get around to actually reading it. I'm so glad I did!

    3. I really enjoyed this book. I've been trying to read more books by women writers and non-western writers, so this fit the bill. This book is an interesting exploration of what it means to be an artist in a society that doesn't allow for individualistic or democratic expression, and there are also lots of thoughts about freedom means for a woman. But it wasn't bogged down by philosophical treatises -- there was movement in the plot and the characters. As an American and a millennial, this book al [...]

    4. there are so many good quotes in this book but once I read a book I hate to go back and look for them. Wish I had bookmarked them along the way.old man me, how can I comment? she was in her 20's. And just lived through her government gunning down her friends. so she had to protect herself. People do what they can to escape the past and exorcise demons, did she? I don't think she did.

    5. As I read this I had to keep reminding myself how relatively recent these events occurred. Provides an extremely interesting window into the events surrounding Tiananmen Square. A must read for anyone interested in learning more about this subject.

    6. Un acercamiento a la juventud china en los 80's, que desencadenaron en Tiananmén.Primera vez que leí/escuché/supe sobre pintar con el cuerpo (lo cual después descubrí que no era tan novedoso, ni tan especial).

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