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Raise the red lantern : three novellas

Author: Tong Su; Michael S Duke
Publisher: New York : Perennial, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st Perennial edView all editions and formats
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The brutal realities of the dark places Su Tong depicts in this collection of novellas set in 1930s provincial China--worlds of prostitution, poverty, and drug addiction--belie his prose of stunning and simple beauty. The title novella, "Raise the Red Lantern," which became a critically acclaimed film, tells the story of Lotus, a young woman whose father's suicide forces her to become the concubine of a wealthy  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Translations into English
Named Person: Tong Su
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tong Su; Michael S Duke
ISBN: 0060596333 9780060596330
OCLC Number: 56545684
Description: 267 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Raise the red lantern --
Nineteen thirty-four escapes --
Opium family.
Responsibility: Su Tong ; translated by Michael S. Duke.

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The brutal realities of the dark places Su Tong depicts in this collection of novellas set in 1930s provincial China--worlds of prostitution, poverty, and drug addiction--belie his prose of stunning and simple beauty. The title novella, "Raise the Red Lantern," which became a critically acclaimed film, tells the story of Lotus, a young woman whose father's suicide forces her to become the concubine of a wealthy merchant. Crushed by loneliness, despair, and cruel treatment, Lotus finds her descent into insanity both a weapon and a refuge. "Nineteen Thirty-Four Escapes: is an account of a family's struggles during one momentous year; plagued by disease, death, and the shady promise of life in a larger town, the family slowly disintegrates. Finally, "Opium Family" details the last years of a landowning clan whose demise is brought about by corruption, lust, and treachery--fruits of the insidious crop they harvest.

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