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To Live by Yu Hua, translated by Michael Berry [in AsianWeek]

To LiveOriginally banned in China, To Live was the basis for the 1994 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prize winner of the same name, directed by grandmaster Zhang Yimou. A surprisingly slim volume, To Live tells the lingering life story of Fugui, who begins his adulthood as a philanderer who gambles away the family fortune, becomes a penitent farmer only to lose what little he has left during the Cultural Revolution, living out his final years with a single ox as his companion.

Review: “New and Notable Books,” AsianWeek, September 26, 2003

Readers: Adult

Published: 2003


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