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The Little Red Guard


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Wenguang Huang, who grew up in northern China, is a Chicago-based writer and translator. His writing has appeared in "The Paris Review, " "Harper s, The" "Christian Science Monitor, "the "Chicago Tribune, "and the" Asia Literary Review."Heis the Englishtranslator of Liao Yiwu s "The Corpse Walker" and "God Is Red" and Yang Xianhui s "Woman from Shanghai.""


""The Little Red Guard" is a remarkable memoir. Wenguang Huang gave it an ingenious dramatic structure, which reveals the tensions and emotional struggles within his family. At the psychological level, the story has universal resonance that is beyond history and culture. Huang tells it with extraordinary candor, acuity, and the cruel irony of life. As a result, the story is full of gravity, absurdity, and grief."--Ha Jin, author of "Waiting" ""The Little Red Guard"--his first book--establishes Wenguang Huang as a master storyteller. Vividly engaging and often surprising, this memoir of coming of age in an ordinary Chinese family amid the social and political wreckage of Mao's Cultural Revolution is uncommonly wise and deeply moving." --Philip Gourevitch, author of "The Ballad of Abu Ghraib" and "We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families" "With brilliant humanistic insights, Wenguang Huang reveals how the terrors of youth, both large and small, imprint our lives with psychic markers and force us, eventually, to confront the irrational foundation on which strong character can be found."--Patrick Tyler, author of "A Great Wall: Six Presidents and China" "Just as he has done in his translated works, Wenguang has transformed the intimate stories of a Chinese family into a gripping book that will appeal to readers of all cultures." --Liao Yiwu, author of "The Corpse Walker: Real Life Stories, China from the Bottom Up ""Delightful... a book that brings a corner of modern China alive--a book filled with humor, family squabbles and ordinary life in a large city in a one-party state... [with] echoes of J.D. Salinger."--"Wall Street Journal ""A gripping, lyrical memoir...revealing, ironic and effortlessly elegant."--"Chicago Tribune ""A riveting, well-crafted times comic and at times heartbreaking... [with] plenty of fresh and unforgettable revelations."--" "(pick of the week)

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