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Half of man is woman / Zhang Xianliang; trad. Martha Avery

Main Author Zhang Xianliang, 1936- Secondary Author Avery, Martha, 1951- Country Reino Unido. Publication London : Viking, imp. 1988 Description XVI, 252 p. ; 22 cm ISBN 0-670-81821-6 CDU 895.1
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Hsien-Liang Chang was born in Nanking, China, and schooled in Peking. He began work as a teacher in the Gansu Provincial Cadre School in the remote northwest immediately after graduating from high school in 1955.

Like many other prominent intellectuals, Chang was declared a Rightist in 1957 and sent to a labor camp in Ning-hsia, only to return home in the 1970s still fired with revolutionary ideals. In his short story collection Mimosa and Other Stories, he breaks new ground in his realistic depiction of the cold and hunger that existed in labor camps, such as the one he was sent to. Yet he never deviates from Marxist orthodoxy, even at times idealizing and sentimentalizing the brutal life of the countryside and its salutary effects on insufficiently revolutionary individuals.

One often senses Chang's debt to Leo Tolstoy. Some have even joked that certain of his passages read like direct translations from the Russian. But Chang also capable of shrewd insights, and he showed courage in tackling the subject of male sexuality in Half of Man Is Woman at a time when most writers still considered discussion of sex taboo.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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