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Mao's last dancer

Author: Cunxin Li
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In a memoir of life in Maoist China, the author describes how he was taken from his family in rural China to study ballet in Beijing, his rise in the world of Chinese ballet, and his defection at age eighteen to the United States.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Cunxin Li; Cunxin Li
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cunxin Li
ISBN: 9780141040226 014104022X
OCLC Number: 318163084
Notes: Originally published: Australia : Penguin, 2003.
Description: xiv, 412 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, genealogical table, portraits ; 20 cm
Contents: I: My childhood --
1. Home --
2. My Niang and Dia --
3. A commune childhood --
4. The seven of us --
5. Na-na --
6. Chairman Mao's classroom --
7. Leaving home --
II: Beijing --
8. Feather in a whirlwind --
9. The caged bird --
10. That first lonely year --
11. The pen --
12. My own voice --
13. Teacher Xiao's words --
14. Turning points --
15. The mango --
16. Change --
17. On the way to the West --
18. The filthy capitalist America --
19. Goodbye China --
III: The West --
20. Return to the land of freedom --
21. Elizabeth --
22. Defection --
23. My new life --
24. A millet dream come true --
25. No more nightmares --
26. Russia --
27. Mary --
28. Going home --
29. Back in my village --
30. Another wedding, Qingdao, 1988.
Responsibility: Li Cunxin.

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Written by the author who was raised in a desperately poor village during the height of China's Cultural Revolution, this book tells the story of how he came to be Mao's last dancer.  Read more...

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