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Anchee Min, now a painter, film-maker, photographer and writer, left China for America in 1984. She had been a prize pupil and a model member of Mao Tse-tung's Red Guard. For her dutiful work for the Party, she was awarded a place at the arduous Red Fire Farm, where she experienced - at great personal risk - her sexual and emotional awakening with the female company leader. Selected from 20,000 candidates to be a star of propagandist films, she left behind the farm and her lover, for fame and an exotic affair with one of Madame Mao's leading emissaries. In this autobiography Anchee Min reveals, through a series of relationships, both a little-known China and her own character - independent, enquiring, and anxious to grasp every experience that comes within her reach. It is an erotic autobiography which, through the dialogue and characterizations of a novel, traces her life and relationships through the political and cultural upheavals of the era.
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A powerful and moving autobiography from an author with a truly original voice Anchee Min's Empress Orchid has been selected for Richard and Judy's Bookclub 2006 Reissued in a beautiful new cover design 'A riveting account' Amy Tan 'Mysterious and moving ... brave and uplifting' Independent on Sunday 'A beautifully written account of a mass psychosis and a testament to the courage, powers of survival and ability to love in appalling privations' Shena Mackay, Sunday Express

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Anchee Min was born in Shanghai in 1957. As a child, she became a model member of the Red Guard. At seventeen she was sent to work on a communal farm, from which she was plucked by Madame Mao's associates to become a star of the Chinese propaganda film industry. After the death of Mao in 1976, Anchee Min was disgraced. She left China for the US in 1984; she now lives in California.

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