China in One Village The Story of One Town and the Changing World

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Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2021-06-22
Publisher(s): Verso
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An unforgettable portrait of the tectonic shifts happening in rural China told through the microcosm of one small town by a bestselling author in China

After a decade away from her ancestral family village, during which she became a writer and literary scholar in Beijing, Liang Hong started visiting her rural hometown in landlocked Hebei province. What she found was an extended family torn apart by the seismic changes in Chinese society, and a village hollowed-out by emigration, neglect, and environmental despoliation. Combining family memoir, literary observation, and social commentary, Liang's by turns moving and shocking account became a bestselling book in China and brought her fame.

Across China, many saw in Liang's remarkable and vivid interviews with family members and childhood acquaintances a mirror of their own families, and her observations about the way the greatest rural-to-urban migration of modern times has twisted the country resonated deeply. China in One Village tells the story of contemporary China through one clear-eyed observer, one family, and one village.

Author Biography

A professor of Chinese literature at Renmin University in Beijing, Liang Hong's literary career has spanned criticism, reportage, and fiction. China In One Village (Zhongguo zai Liangzhuang), sold over a quarter of a million copies. It was followed by Leaving Liang Village, establishing Liang Hong's reputation as a deft observer and chronicler of China's changing society. Since that time Liang Hong has been the recipient of many awards and honors. More recently she has published a collection of short stories and a novel.

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