The Remote Country of Women by Bai Hua
(Fiction from Modern China)

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In altering chapers, the novel tells the stories of Sunamei, a young woman from a rural matriarchal community, and Lian Rui, a self-absorbed man who is also weary witness to the Cultural Revolution. Through his two protagonists, the author addresses themes of the repression and freedon of sexuality, the brutality of modernity, and the fluidity of gender roles as the novel moves hypnotically and inevitably toward a collision between two worlds.
 

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Published June 1, 1994 by University of Hawaii Press. 384 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Liang insists that they wed, although the concept of marriage doesn't exist in the Mosuo culture, and Sunamei never understands Liang's need to ``own'' her.

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The first English translation of this 1988 novel by screenwriter, novelist and prominent Chinese dissident Bai deftly interweaves the biting satire of a political prisoner's story with the pastoral, tenderly erotic lyricism of a folk tale.

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