The vagrants: a novel

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Random House,
Pub. Date:
2008.
Language:
English
Description
Brilliant and illuminating, this astonishing debut novel by the award-winning writer Yiyun Li is set in China in the late 1970s, when Beijing was rocked by the Democratic Wall Movement, an anti-Communist groundswell designed to move China beyond the dark shadow of the Cultural Revolution toward a more enlightened and open society. In this powerful and beautiful story, we follow a group of people in a small town during this dramatic and harrowing time, the era that was a forebear of the Tiananmen Square uprising.Morning dawns on the provincial city of Muddy River. A young woman, Gu Shan, a bold spirit and a follower of Chairman Mao, has renounced her faith in Communism. Now a political prisoner, she is to be executed for her dissent. Her distraught mother, determined to follow the custom of burning her only child’s clothing to ease her journey into the next world, is about to make another bold decision. Shan’s father, Teacher Gu, who has already, in his heart and mind, buried his rebellious daughter, begins to retreat into memories. Neither of them imagines that their daughter’s death will have profound and far-reaching effects, in Muddy River and beyond.In luminous prose, Yiyun Li weaves together the lives of these and other unforgettable characters, including a serious seven-year-old boy, Tong; a crippled girl named Nini; the sinister idler Bashi; and Kai, a beautiful radio news announcer who is married to a man from a powerful family. Life in a world of oppression and pain is portrayed through stories of resilience, sacrifice, perversion, courage, and belief. We read of delicate moments and acts of violence by mothers, sons, husbands, neighbors, wives, lovers, and more, as Gu Shan’s execution spurs a brutal government reaction.Writing with profound emotion, and in the superb tradition of fiction by such writers as Orhan Pamuk and J. M. Coetzee, Yiyun Li gives us a stunning novel that is at once a picture of life in a special part of the world during a historic period, a universal portrait of human frailty and courage, and a mesmerizing work of art.
More Details
ISBN:
9781400063130
Also in this Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 4b2a9042-12d6-04b2-2466-8a3091383443
full_title vagrants
author li yiyun
grouping_category book
lastUpdate 2017-08-14 05:04:22AM

Solr Details

_version_ 1575968396799901696
accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Li, Yiyun, 1972-
author-letter Li, Yiyun,
author_additional Yiyun Li.
author_display Li, Yiyun
availability_toggle_arlington Available Now, Entire Collection
available_at_arlington Central, Shirlington
callnumber-a PL2946.Y59
callnumber-first P - Language and Literature
callnumber-subject PL - Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
callnumber_sort_arlington F LI
collection_arlington Adult Fiction
date_added 2011-01-26T05:00:00Z
days_since_added 2395
detailed_location_arlington Central Adult Fiction, Shirlington Adult Fiction
display_description
edition 1st ed.
format_arlington Book
format_boost 10
format_category_arlington Books
grouping_category book
id 4b2a9042-12d6-04b2-2466-8a3091383443
isbn 9781400063130
item_details ils:.b12991612|.i13806841|Shirlington Adult Fiction|F LI|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Mar 12, 2017|saf||, ils:.b12991612|.i13806865|Central Adult Fiction|F LI|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Jan 26, 2017|caf||
itype_arlington Hardback
language English
language_boost 10
language_boost_es 1
lexile_score -1
lib_boost_arlington 50
literary_form Fiction
literary_form_full Fiction
local_callnumber_arlington F LI
local_callnumber_exact_arlington F LI
local_callnumber_left_arlington F LI
local_days_since_added_arlington 2395
num_holdings 2
oclc (OCoLC)229028064
owning_library_arlington Arlington Public Library, Aurora Hills, Central, Cherrydale, Columbia Pike, Connection Crystal City, Detention Center, Glencarlyn, Local History, Plaza, Shirlington, Westover
owning_location_arlington Central, Shirlington
physical 337 p. ; 24 cm.
popularity 7
primary_isbn 9781400063130
publishDate 2008
publishDateSort 2008
publisher Random House,
rating 2.5
rating_facet oneStar, twoStar
record_details ils:.b12991612|Book|Books|1st ed.|English|Random House,|2008.|337 p. ; 24 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
scope_has_related_records a, arlington, c, d, g, h, o, p, s, u, v, w
scoping_details_arlington ils:.b12991612|.i13806841|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true|999|||, ils:.b12991612|.i13806865|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true|999|||
target_audience Adult
target_audience_full Adult
title The vagrants : a novel
title_display The vagrants : a novel
title_full The vagrants : a novel / Yiyun Li
title_short The vagrants :
title_sort vagrants a novel
title_sub a novel