Summer of Betrayal by Ying Hong
A Novel

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First published in Taiwan in 1992 and banned in China--where it was widely distributed underground--a lyrical and sensuous novel follows the winding path of a young female poet whose life is changed by the uprising in Tiananmen Square."

About Ying Hong

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Hong Ying was born in Chingqing in 1962 into a boat sailor's family. She was the sixth child in a family of eight, and endured great poverty and hunger as a child during the Great Famine and the Cultural Revolution.
Published June 1, 1997 by Farrar Straus & Giroux (T). 183 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But the novel is clogged with highly charged melodramatic language (as translated), and the tedious amorality and apostrophizing of the bohemian culture Lin Ying moves through can make you feel as if you're reading Jack Kerouac's The Subterraneans in Chinese.

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This infidelity lays the groundwork for things to come, as much of the novel describes the nihilistic sexual hedonism that absorbs Lin Ying and her circle of friends in response to martial law.

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The quest takes place in 1980 at the time of her eighteenth birthday, as she learns of, and meets, her biological father, hears the family history from her mother and eldest sister, and has an affair with a teacher from her school.

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