Blood Red Sunset: A Memoir of the Chinese Cultural Revolution

Blood-Red-Sunset-A-Memoir-of-the-Chinese-Cultural-Revolution Blood Red Sunset: A Memoir of the Chinese Cultural Revolution
Blood-Red-Sunset-A-Memoir-of-the-Chinese-Cultural-Revolution Blood Red Sunset: A Memoir of the Chinese Cultural Revolution
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A searing first hand account of China's Cultural Revolution that joins the ranks of great memoirs such as Life and Death in Shanghai, Wild Swans and A Chinese Odyssey

First banned in its native land, this earthy, unflinching memoir has become one of the biggest bestsellers in the history of China.

In 1968, a fervent young Red Guard joined the army of hotheaded adolescents who trekked to Inner Mongolia to spread the Cultural Revolution. After gaining a reputation as a brutal abuser of the local herd owners and nomads, Ma Bo casually criticized a Party Leader. Denounced as an “active counterrevolutionary” and betrayed by his friends, the idealistic youth was brutally beaten and imprisoned.

Charged with passion, never doctrinaire, Blood Red Sunset is a startlingly vivid and personal narrative that opens a window on the psyche of totalitarian excess that no other work of history can provide. This is a tale of ideology and disillusionment, a powerful work of political and literary importance.

“A deceptively straightforward story carried forward by deep currents of insight.”—The Washington Post

“A genuine, no-holds-barred, unadorned piece of writing…echoing the realities of contemporary China.”—Liu Binyan, The New York Times Book Review

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Reviews:Editorial Reviews on Amazon wrote:

"A huge bestseller in China, this richly detailed record is told with raw narrative power. " -- Publishers Weekly

"...does so with searing honesty and the power of his pugnacious personality." -- Los Angeles Times

“A deceptively straightforward story carried forward by deep currents of insight.”—The Washington Post

“A genuine, no-holds-barred, unadorned piece of writing…echoing the realities of contemporary China.”—Liu Binyan, The New York Times Book Review


Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Books; Reprint edition (July 1, 1996)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0140159428
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0140159424
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 13.1 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5 x 0.8 x 7.6 inches

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