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The Resource The dark road, Ma Jian ; translated from the Chinese by Flora Drew

The dark road, Ma Jian ; translated from the Chinese by Flora Drew

Label
The dark road
Title
The dark road
Statement of responsibility
Ma Jian ; translated from the Chinese by Flora Drew
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • chi
  • eng
Summary
"If a panda gets pregnant, the entire nation celebrates. But if a woman gets pregnant she's treated like a criminal. What kind of country is this?"Meili, a young peasant woman is married to Kongzi, a village school teacher, and a distant descendant of the great sage Confucius. They have a daughter, but desperate to carry on his illustrious line, Kongzi gets Meili pregnant without waiting for official permission. When family planning officers storm into the village to arrest violators of the population control policy, mother, father and daughter are forced to make a fugitive life on the river. Meili dreams of reaching a place called Heaven, a vast stinking wilderness of toxic waste, where the men eventually turn infertile and the family planning officers don't dare to go. But as their troubled quest to give birth to a son continues, it becomes clear that Kongzi and Meili are not just raging against the state -- they are at war with one another.
Member of
Summary
Explores the human cost of China's one-child policy as reflected by a rural family on the run from the state, describing how a cultural imperative to have a son prompted their decision to conceive a second child before becoming subject to cruel government practices of enforced abortion and sterilization
Storyline
Tone
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10176752
Cataloging source
BT
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1953-
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Ma, Jian
Dewey number
813
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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Drew, Flora
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True
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  • Ma, Jian
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Man-woman relationships
Target audience
adult
Label
The dark road, Ma Jian ; translated from the Chinese by Flora Drew
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
000050830418
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
360 p.
Isbn
9780701187545
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Label
The dark road, Ma Jian ; translated from the Chinese by Flora Drew
Publication
Control code
000050830418
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
360 p.
Isbn
9780701187545
Isbn Type
(pbk.)

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