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Ask the Sun

Dong He

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ISBN : 9781879679108
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120 pages
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Born in 1960 in Beijing and now living in Norway, the Chinese poet and short-story writer He Dong writes of childhood in desperate times. In these six tender and chilling tales, He Dong describes a generation that grew up during the CulturalMoreBorn in 1960 in Beijing and now living in Norway, the Chinese poet and short-story writer He Dong writes of childhood in desperate times. In these six tender and chilling tales, He Dong describes a generation that grew up during the Cultural Revolution, under the rule of their sun, Chairman Mao.The children in these stories are both innocents and accomplices. In Nine, He Dong tells of a little girl who faces hard times after the parents are sent away for reeducation. In Just a Game, she writes of a neighborhood obsession with Storm the Fortress, a childrens game that reflects the mass hysteria of the adults around them and leads to death. And in We Love Children Mao, a girl forms an uneasy bond with a boy classmate who has been reeducated, but is not completely beyond suspicion. Written with unsentimental and poetic directness, this is fiction that expands our sense of history and breaks our hearts.He Dong came to Norway as a post-graduate student in biology and now makes her home there. She now holds a research position at the University of Oslo and runs her own acupuncture clinic. A poet and translator, this is her first collection of fictionTranslator Katherine Hanson is the editor of An Everyday Story and the co-translator of two novels by Amalie Skram.