Profiles of Fast-Changing Lives in a Fast-Changing Land
University of California Press, Paperback, 9780520270275, 231pp.
Publication Date: September 28, 2012
These are the exciting and saddening, humorous and confusing stories of utterly ordinary people who are living through China's extraordinary transformations. The immense variety in the lives of these Chinese characters dispels any lingering sense that China has a monolithic population or is just a place where dissidents fight Communist Party loyalists and laborers create goods for millionaires.
"Chinese Characters "is a collection, as Pankaj Mishra writes in his foreword, "to herald a new golden age of journalism about a ceaselessly fascinating country." Contributors include a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, a Macarthur Fellow, the China correspondent to a major Indian newspaper, and scholars whose depth of understanding is matched only by the humanity with which they treat their subjects. Their stories together create a multi-faceted portrait of a country in motion and an introduction to some of the best writing on China today.
With contributions from:
Leslie T. Chang
Michelle Dammon Loyalka
Pankaj Mishra was born in northwest India in 1969 and lives in London and Mashobra, India. The author of "An End to Suffering "(FSG, 2004) and "Temptations of the West "(FSG, 2006), as well as a novel, "The Romantics, "he writes for "The New Yorker", "The New York Review of Books", "The New York Times Book Review", and "The Guardian".