From one of Chinaâ€™s most acclaimed writers, his first work of nonfiction to appear in English: a unique, intimate look at the Chinese experience over the last several decades, told through personal stories and astute analysis that sharply illuminate the countryâ€™s meteoric economic and social transformation.Â Framed by ten phrases common in the Chinese vernacularâ€”â€śpeople,â€ť â€śleader,â€ť â€śreading,â€ť â€śwriting,â€ť â€śLu Xunâ€ť (one of the most influential Chinese writers of the twentieth century), â€śdisparity,â€ť â€śrevolution,â€ť â€śgrassroots,â€ť â€ścopycat,â€ť and â€śbamboozleâ€ťâ€”China in Ten Words reveals as never before the worldâ€™s most populous yet oft-misunderstood nation. In â€śDisparity,â€ť for example, Yu Hua illustrates the mind-boggling economic gaps that separate citizens of the country. In â€śCopycat,â€ť he depicts the escalating trend of piracy and imitation as a creative new form of revolutionary action. And in â€śBamboozle,â€ť he describes the increasingly brazen practices of trickery, fraud, and chicanery that are, he suggests, becoming a way of life at every level of society.Â Characterized by Yu Huaâ€™s trademark wit, insight, and courage, China in Ten Words is a refreshingly candid vision of the â€śChinese miracleâ€ť and all its consequences, from the singularly invaluable perspective of a writer living in China today.
History, Asia, China,