A Private Life by Ran Chen, John Howard-Gibbon

By Ran Chen, John Howard-Gibbon

Author note: John Howard-Gibbon [Translator]

From one in all China's such a lot celebrated modern novelists comes this riveting story of a tender woman's emotional and sexual awakening. Set within the turbulent many years of the Cultural Revolution and the Tian'anmen sq. incident, a personal existence exposes the advanced and fantastical internal lifetime of a tender girl transforming into up in the course of a time of excessive social and political upheaval.

At the age of twenty-six, Ni Niuniu has come to simply accept soreness and loss. She has suffered the dying of her mom and an in depth good friend and neighbor, Mrs. Ho. She has lengthy been estranged from her tyrannical father, whereas her boyfriend—a impressive and good-looking poet named Yin Nan—was pressured to escape the rustic. She has survived a anxious affair with a former instructor, a psychological breakdown that left her in a psychological establishment for 2 years, and a stray bullet that tore throughout the flesh of her left leg. Now dwelling in entire seclusion, Niuniu shuns a global that turns out incapable of accepting her and as a substitute spends her days wandering in shiny, dreamlike reveries the place her fractured reminiscences and wild fantasies merge together with her inescapable emotions of depression and loneliness. but this eccentric younger woman—caught among the disappearing traditions of the earlier and a modernizing Beijing, a flood of stories and an unknowable destiny, her selected solitude and her irrepressible longing—discovers energy and independence via writing, which transforms her flight from the hypocrisy of city existence right into a trip of self-realization and rebirth.

First released in 1996 to frequent severe acclaim, Ran Chen's debatable debut novel is a lyrical meditation on reminiscence, sexuality, femininity, and the customarily arbitrary differences among insanity and sanity, alienation and belonging, nature and society. As Chen leads the reader deep into the psyche of Ni Niuniu—into her innermost secrets and techniques and sexual desires—the borders setting apart narrator and protagonist, author and topic dissolve, exposing the shared facets of human life that go beyond geographical and cultural differences.

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