In the title chapter, a feng shui master tells a story about two brothers who worked as corpse walkers - a profession much needed in the country in the first half of the 20th century, especially in the mountains in southwest China, where there was a lack of a good transportation system for coffins. Plus má u mňa kniha aj za to, že nezobrazuje každého chudáka ako dobráka, ktorému len osud nedožičil, veľa objektov rozhovorov boli vyložene nesympatickí ľudia. Surely these are additions by the translator, trying to provide cultural context for American readers to better understand the interviews. Hired by a nationalist army officer to transport his wife's body back to the home village, the brothers find, mid-journey, that communism has swept the country. Liao's interviews were given from 1990 to 2003.
Intellectuals and monks were stripped of their positions and forced to work like peasants. It seems hard to find accounts of that week and other sufferings under the communist party. . Really easy to pop one or two interviews a night or at lunch. The emotional toll on those interviewed stuck with me after each story. I already read Wild Swans. By asking challenging questions with respect and empathy, he manages to get his subjects to talk openly about their lives.
What emerges in these disparate accounts is a population left behind, either neglected by the state, actively persecuted, or merely mystified by the rapid change of China's economy and cultural compass. Clara, if you're still on your post-apocalyptic kick, it already happened: in China 1966-1976. But as long as there is a history to which to bear witness, there will always be voices eager to speak. Imprisoned for four years in 1990 for distributing recordings of poems condemning the crackdown in Beijing six months earlier, Liao has effectively been silenced in his own country ever since. The reasons for the lantern and the bell are explained in the book. The Corpse Walker introduces us to regular men and women at the bottom of Chinese society, most of whom have been battered by life but have managed to retain their dignity: a professional mourner, a human trafficker, a public toilet manager, a leper, a grave robber, and a Falung Gong practitioner, among others.
Not a book to be read straight through justlikethat. And if these women went along with it, whatever. The guiding thread throughout is that the pursuit of money is making people careless of others. An engrossing and powerful expose of Communist China in the words of people who have suffered its indignities, tortures and inhumanity, as rendered by a poet imprisoned for publishing a poem about the Tiananmen Square killings. Among the darkness of the human trafficer who began by selling his daughters, the red guard who still seeks the meaning and retribution his old position gave him, and the monk who watched people claw away at centuries old temple architecture, are images of human beauty. All of the stories were interesting, though many if not all were unpleasant in some way which was unsurprising.
Liao is the author of The Corpse Walker and God Is Red. In the second half of the book Liao interviews the parents of a young man killed at Tian'anmen in 1989; a grave robber; a sleepwalker; a blind erhu player, a former Red Guard and a migrant worker. He spent four years in jail and then went on the run. In my lifetime and yours, they Did you know that Confucius was once a professional mourner, paid to put on a good show at funerals? Czytelnik po ich lekturze czuje się chory i bezradny. His works include Testimonials and Report on China's Victims of Injustice.
Liao brings a harsh light to many of the sufferings of the past. This is done by scooping big groups of noodles at one time, and tipping the bowl to drink the broth. Not a happy festival definitely. The stories are all interviews, done by Liao Yiwu, who is himself not in favorable standing with the Chinese government. The E-mail message field is required.
The corpse walkers worked in pairs, with one walking with the body bound to him and the other one leading the way. Liao Yiwu reconstructs conversations he had between 1990 and 2008 with a range of remarkable people- a professional mourner, a human trafficker, a leper, an abbot, a retired government official, a former landowner, a mortician, a feng shui master, a former Red Guard, a political prisoner, a village teacher, a blind street musician, a Falun Gong practitioner and a corpse walker. Their stories are the least-heard ones in China, though they recount their lives with vivid language and self-effacing humor. Hence, when crops failed and famines hit, village chiefs continuously lied to party officials that everything was dandy and even offered to provide relief to other stricken areas. One even recalls the lowly work of the title's traditional corpse walker, who returns to their homeland the bodies of those who died elsewhere. It was the best vacation I have ever had! The text for this book was smuggled out of China and published for the rest of the world to read, and wow, what a read! Here are a professional mourner, a trafficker in humans, a leper, an abbot, a retired government official, a former landowner, a mortician, a feng shui master, a former Red Guard, a political prisoner, a village teacher, a blind street musician, a Falun Gong practitioner, and many others--people who have been battered by life but who have managed to retain their dignity, their humor, and their essential, complex humanity. With twists and turns one would expect from a Kafka story, one of the brothers is executed, and the other brother cannot bring his body back to their village.
Kniha obsahuje i zajímavý momenty. He performed interviews, some of which were risky, with people who didn't fit in modern times. One cannot help but feel the chill - not of death, but of how tiny a human being is in the hand of history. Each chapter is titled by the role or occupation of the interviewee. Perhaps I should say, I got a lot out of it. Also little bit about how it still sucks less in current whoever's China. The Corpse Walker is a compilation of twenty-seven extraordinary oral histories that opens a window, unlike any other, onto the lives of ordinary, often outcast, Chinese men and women.
Story after story of horrific things that the oppressive Chinese government has done to its people, horrific things people do to each other, and the horrific things people survive and keep on being people. Real-life stories, China from the bottom up Buy the Book: You can now. The writer talks to 16 different people in this book and is very frank in his interviews, not hesitating to chastise them when he feels they have done wrong. The stories are short, you can take the book in little intellectual bites. Below is his letter to the festival organisers: To: Mr.
Liao interviews a wide-range of Chinese citizens to give us an intimate portrait of the country, starting with professional mourners and corpse walkers. China has so much history, culture, and ancient artifacts. The Corpse Walker is a collection of interviews conducted between 1990 and 2008 that opens a window unlike any other onto the lives of ordinary, often outcast, Chinese men and women. After his release, his writing continued to be banned, so he worked at odd jobs, at one time traveling across the country as a street musician, performing on flute. Many of the older people in China are very short, and I remarked on this during our visit.