The Corpse Walker

The Corpse Walker

Real Life Stories, China From the Bottom up

Paperback - 2009
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The Corpse Walker introduces us to regular men and women at the bottom of Chinese society, most of whom have been battered by life but have managed to retain their dignity: a professional mourner, a human trafficker, a public toilet manager, a leper, a grave robber, and a Falung Gong practitioner, among others. By asking challenging questions with respect and empathy, Liao Yiwu managed to get his subjects to talk openly and sometimes hilariously about their lives, desires, and vulnerabilities, creating a book that is an instance par excellence of what was once upon a time called "The New Journalism." The Corpse Walker reveals a fascinating aspect of modern China, describing the lives of normal Chinese citizens in ways that constantly provoke and surprise.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2009.
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed.
ISBN: 9780307388377
0307388379
Characteristics: xiv, 328 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gourevitch, Philip 1961-
Huang, Wen

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LaBeteNoir Jul 01, 2013

Wonderful, easy way to learn about ancient and modern China, through the working class.

IQBAL2000 Mar 13, 2013

good book

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boo3657
Jul 16, 2012

This was a great book. The only way to really know a country is to hear it from the 'little' people. Thank God for Liao, Yiwu and translator, Wen Huang.

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