Years of Red Dust

Years of Red Dust

Stories of Shanghai

Book - 2010
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Published originally in the pages of Le Monde, this collection of linked short stories by Qiu Xiaolong has already been a major bestseller in France (Cite de la Poussiere Rouge) and Germany (Das Tor zur Roten Gasse), where it and the author was the subject of a major television documentary. The stories in Years of Red Dust trace the changes in modern China over fifty years--from the early days of the Communist revolution in 1949 to the modernization movement of the late nineties--all from the perspective of one small street in Shanghai, Red Dust Lane. From the early optimism at the end of the Chinese Civil War, through the brutality and upheaval of the Cultural Revolution, to the death of Mao, the pro-democracy movement and the riots in Tiananmen Square--history, on both an epic and personal scale, unfolds through the bulletins posted and the lives lived in this one lane, this one corner of Shanghai.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312628093
0312628099
Branch Call Number: FICTION Qiu Xiaolong 09/2010
Characteristics: 227 p. ;,21 cm.

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ChristchurchLib Apr 21, 2014

"An internationally best-selling volume of linked short stories originally published in Le Monde traces a half century in China from the early days of the Communist revolution to the modernisation movement from the perspective of residents on a small street in Shanghai. By the author of Red Mandarin Dress." Fiction A to Z April 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/dfef437d-ef88-41c9-a7e1-229a907a8f88?postId=8ed16493-2fe1-4059-b706-6d0ff80212e7

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Jan 16, 2011

As collection of short stories featuring different residents of Red Dust Lane in Shanghai, as China evolves and is transformed between 1949 and the early 21st century.

Some stories are sweet, some bittersweet; others funny, and a few are lighthearted. (I think the last story, "Lottery", should have been titled "The Slap" instead.)

Easy reading; no demands whatsoever on the reader's intellect. Average.

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