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Socialism is Great!

A Worker's Memoir of the New China

By Lijia Zhang

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Format: Hardback, 357 pages
Published In: United States, 02 June 2008
Lijia Zhang worked as a teenager in a factory producing missiles designed to reach North America, queuing every month for the 'period police' to give evidence that she wasn't pregnant. In the oppressive routine of guarded compounds and political meetings, Zhang's disillusionment with 'The Glorious Cause' drove her to study English. By narrating the changes in her own life, Zhang chronicles the momentous shift in China's economic policy. Written in English, 'Socialism is Great!' is a testament to Zhang's personal triumph over the controlled existence of her destiny.


This affecting record of individual striving and fulfillment reminds us, with humor and insight, how the growth of sensibility in unfavorable circumstances remains one of our most pleasurable literary experiences. Set against China's breathless recent transformation, "Socialism Is Great!" offers a rare and intimate glimpse of a country and culture that are now reshaping our world. --Pankaj Mishra, author of An End to Suffering and The Romantics

EAN: 9780977743377
ISBN: 0977743373
Publisher: Atlas & Co
Dimensions: 18.59 x 13.67 x 3.02 centimetres (0.43 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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This book was such a joy to read. Lijia is witty, intelligent and very funny.
The important thing about this book is that it puts a face to China, a name, a personal story.
In the wake of the Beijing Olympics and the scandals that have followed, 'Socialism is Great' has broken down the ideal of China: The Communist Entity , and introduced China: The Story of one person: Lijia Zhang.
A beautiful life memoir.

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