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Oracle bones

£14.99

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Oracle Bones tells its engaging and compelling story through the lives of a handful of ordinary people. The author himself is a Westerner, a journalist living in Beijing. The narrative tracks his story along with that of Polat, a trader and member of a forgotten ethnic minority, who moves to the West in search of political freedom and a new life; William Jefferson Foster, who grew up in an illiterate family in a remote village; Emily, a migrant factory worker in a city without a past; and Chen Mengjia, a scholar of oracle-bone inscriptions - the earliest known writing in East Asia - and a man whose mysterious story has been lost since his suicide forty years ago, at the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.
All of them are migrants, emigrants, or wanderers who find themselves far from home, their lives dramatically changed by historical forces they are struggling to understand. Hessler excavates the past in search of meaning, his intimate approach putting a remarkable human face on the history he uncovers.
With him we discover not only where the great, influential cultures of East and West intersect, but also how the conjunction of past and present creates today's China - and how people create meaning out of chaotic world events.

Item details

Author(s):
Peter Hessler
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
41x161x242
EAN-13:
9780719564406
Edition:
1st
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-13:
9780719564406
Number of items:
1
Number of pages:
512
Publisher:
Hodder & Stoughton

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Oracle Bones tells its engaging and compelling story through the lives of a handful of ordinary people. The author himself is a Westerner, a journalist living in Beijing. The narrative tracks his story along with that of Polat, a trader and member of a forgotten ethnic minority, who moves to the West in search of political freedom and a new life; William Jefferson Foster, who grew up in an illiterate family in a remote village; Emily, a migrant factory worker in a city without a past; and Chen Mengjia, a scholar of oracle-bone inscriptions - the earliest known writing in East Asia - and a man whose mysterious story has been lost since his suicide forty years ago, at the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.
All of them are migrants, emigrants, or wanderers who find themselves far from home, their lives dramatically changed by historical forces they are struggling to understand. Hessler excavates the past in search of meaning, his intimate approach putting a remarkable human face on the history he uncovers.
With him we discover not only where the great, influential cultures of East and West intersect, but also how the conjunction of past and present creates today's China - and how people create meaning out of chaotic world events.

Author(s):
Peter Hessler
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
41x161x242
EAN-13:
9780719564406
Edition:
1st
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-13:
9780719564406
Number of items:
1
Number of pages:
512
Publisher:
Hodder & Stoughton

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