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Yiyun Li has written a book that is as important politically as it is artistically. Yiyun Li writes with a quiet, steady force, at once stoic and heartbreaking. Peter Ho Davies, author of The Welsh Girl
Yiyun Li has written a book that is as important politically as it is artistically. The Vagrants is an enormous achievement. Ann Patchett, author of Run. Every once in a while a voice and a subject are so perfectly matched that it seems as if this writer must have been born to write this book. Peter Ho Davies, author of The Welsh Girl. There is a magnetic small-town universality to The Vagrant. ut this is small-town universality with a difference. That difference is Communist China.
Brilliant and illuminating, this astonishing debut novel by the award-winning writer Yiyun Li is set in China in the late 1970s, when Beijing was rocked by the Democratic Wall Movement, an anti-Communist groundswell designed to move China beyond the dark shadow of the Cultural Revolution toward a more enlightened and open society.
Yiyun Li's 2005 debut story collection A Thousand Years of Good Prayers earned her comparisons with Chekhov and Alice Munro.
Yiyun Li (Chinese: 李翊雲; born November 4, 1972) is a Chinese-American writer. Her short stories and novels have won several awards and distinctions, including the PEN/Hemingway Award and Guardian First Book Award for A Thousand Years of Good Prayers. Li grew up in Beijing, China.
If The Vagrants sounds like a grim and lightless book, though heart-rending at every turn, it is. Steadily collecting atrocities and amassing paragraphs with the solidity of bricks, it replaces the tender ease and range of some of Li’s earlier stories with a much more focused, imprisoned rage. It can seem, in fact, less like a novel - since movement and plot are fairly sparing - than a counter-document of sorts, a private, unsanctioned portrait of those interiors (in every sense) that are always left out of the grand official picture.
Yiyun Li. A day of equality it was, or so it had occurred to Teacher Gu many times when he had pondered the date, the spring equinox, and again the thought came to him: Their daughter's life would end on this. day, when neither the sun nor its shadow reigned. A day later the sun would come closer to her and to the others on this side of the world, imperceptible perhaps to dull human eyes at first, but birds and worms and trees and rivers would sense the change in the air, and they would make it their responsibility to manifest the changing of seasons
Yiyun Li has written a book that is as important politically as it is artistically
Yiyun Li has written a book that is as important politically as it is artistically. The China that Yiyun Li shows us is one most Americans haven’t seen, but her tender and devastating vision of the ways human beings love and betray one another would be recognizable to a citizen of any nation on earth. Nell Freudenberger, author of The Dissident.
In luminous prose, Yiyun Li weaves together the lives of these and other unforgettable characters, including a. .Praise for The Vagrants. She bridges our world to the Chinese world with a mind that is incredibly supple and subtle.
In luminous prose, Yiyun Li weaves together the lives of these and other unforgettable characters, including a serious seven-year-old boy, Tong; a crippled girl named Nini; the sinister idler Bashi; and Kai, a beautiful radio news announcer who is married to a man from a powerful family. Life in a world of oppression and pain is portrayed through stories of resilience, sacrifice, perversion, courage, and belief. A Balzacian look at one community’s suppressed loves and betrayals. A brilliant writer confronts grief and transforms it into art, in a book of surprising beauty and love. Yiyun Li is the author of A Thousand Years of Good Prayers and The Vagrants. The narrator of Where Reasons End writes, "I had but one delusion, which I held on to with all my willpower: We once gave Nikolai a life of flesh and blood; and I'm doing it over again, this time by words. A native of Beijing and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she is the recipient of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the Whiting Writers' Award, and the Guardian First Book Award.
the best book about modern China. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 10 years ago. I've been an avid fan of Ha Jin until Yiyun Li came along. For writings on modern China, Yiyun is simply the best. After A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, I was afraid that any follow-up act would disappoint. Instead, The Vagrants shone brilliantly. For anyone interested in modern China, I would say this is a must-read. It's not a political novel, though it's about a political time.
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