Rice by Tong Su
A Novel

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Adopting a vicious, starving wanderer from the provinces of pre-Communist China, a city family suffers human debasement and spiritual degradation that threatens to tear it apart.
 

About Tong Su

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Su Tong was born in Suzhou in 1963 and graduated from Beijing Normal University with a degree in Chinese literature. He is the author of Raise the Red Lantern, also available from Perennial. Su Tong lives in Nanjing. HOWARD GOLDBLATT and SYLVIA LI-CHUN LIN are translators of Chu T'ien-wen's Notes of a Desolate Man, which was named the 1999 Translation of the Year by the American Literary Translators Association. They live in South Bend, Indiana.
 
Published August 1, 1995 by William Morrow & Co. 266 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, History, Romance. Fiction

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the murders of several prostitutes, ordered by the enraged, syphilitic Five Dragons, the image of his ravaged, suppurating body rising up defiantly out of the vinegar baths that keep him, against all odds, stubbornly still alive.

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Su Tong (Raise the Red Lantern) employs rice, symbol of Chinese civilization and heaven's bounty, to daring, iconoclastic effect throughout the novel: a dead baby tumbles out of a new rice shipment;

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Dim sum sluts, by definition, are always hungry for more dumplings.

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