Banned in China for its candid exploration of a young girl's sexual awakening yet widely acclaimed as being 'the first novel of 'tough youth' in China' (BEIJING TODAY), BEIJING DOLL drives a daring path through China's rock 'n' roll subculture. This hip, cutting edge novel - drawn from the diaries the author kept throughout her teenage years - takes readers to the streets of Beijing where a disaffected generation spurns tradition for lives of self expression, passion, and music. Chun Sue's explicit sensuality, unflinching attitude towards sex, and raw, lyrical style breaks new ground in contemporary Chinese literature.
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(202mm x 125mm x 13mm)
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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US Kirkus Review »
Between the newly broad array of Goebbels biographies and the compact, sophisticated 1974 volume on this subject, Jay Baird's Mythical World of Nazi Propaganda 1939-1945, a new entry will be viewed extra-critically. This one offers a long, artless compendium of the Nazi efforts to rev up the population at large for an increasingly painful war effort, despite the demoralization of the party's hard core and the consequently vexed mechanics of propaganda transmission on the local level. Herzstein examines each medium of opinion control and each stage of the war, combining the barometer of Goebbels' personal popularity with the minister's intra-bureaucratic hardships and, above all, the twists of line demanded by a population accustomed to decoding and dismissing Nazi formulations. For determined students, there are the ups and downs of the Nazi approach to Beethoven, the pathetic "politeness campaign" and, of course, the government's cinematic efforts, ranging from a 1941 romanticization of euthanasia to the rousing newsreels which never got around to following up Stalingrad. Herzstein credits the Nazis with "inducing the population to wage an increasingly hopeless struggle," though he adds that fear and nationalism were at least as weighty as the Fuehrer-passion Goebbels increasingly resorted to. Baird by contrast gives an academic, though very accessible, summary of military and political output: this provides the whole Schwaermerei in detail, for a general audience. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Chun Sue
Chung Sue is 18. Her novel has been banned in China but has achieved underground bestseller status.