Chronicle of a Blood Merchant

Author: Yu Hua


SKU: 9781400031856 Category: Tag:
Publisher: Anchor Books
Product ID: 885724


From the acclaimed author of Brothers and China in Ten Words here is Yu Hua’s unflinching portrait of life under Chairman Mao. A cart-pusher in a silk mill, Xu Sanguan augments his meager salary with regular visits to the local blood chief. His visits become lethally frequent as he struggles to provide for his wife and three sons at the height of the Cultural Revolution. Shattered to discover that his favorite son was actually born of a liaison between his wife and a neighbor, he suffers his greatest indignity, while his wife is publicly scorned as a prostitute. Although the poverty and betrayals of Mao’s regime have drained him, Xu Sanguan ultimately finds strength in the blood ties of his family. With rare emotional intensity, grippingly raw descriptions of place and time, and clear-eyed compassion, Yu Hua gives us a stunning tapestry of human life in the grave particulars of one man’s days.

ISBN: 9781400031856
Publisher: Anchor Books
Pub Date: 11/2004
Format: Paperback
Weight: 0.46lbs
Size: 8.06h x 5.24w x 0.57d

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Weight 0.46 lbs
Dimensions 8.06 × 5.24 × 0.57 in