By Anchee Min
Red Azalea is Anchee Min’s celebrated memoir of becoming up within the final years of Mao’s China. As a toddler, she used to be requested to publicly humiliate a instructor; at seventeen, she was once despatched to paintings at a exertions collective. Forbidden to talk, gown, learn, write, or love as she happy, she discovered a lifeline in a mystery love affair with one other girl. Miraculously chosen for the movie model of 1 of Madame Mao’s political operas, Min’s lifestyles replaced in a single day. Then Chairman Mao unexpectedly died, taking with him a whole international. A revelatory and tense portrait of China, Anchee Min’s memoir is phenomenal for its candor, its poignancy, its braveness, and for its prose which Newsweek calls "as gentle and evocative as a conventional chinese language brush painting."
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