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The Boat to Redemption

A Novel

Su Tong - Author

Howard Goldblatt - Translator

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ISBN 9781468308242 | 368 pages | 25 Feb 2014 | Overlook | 5.74 x 7.99in | 18 - AND UP
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In the peaceable, river-side village of Milltown, Secretary Ku has fallen into disgrace. It has been officially proven that he is not the son of a revolutionary martyr, but the issue of a river pirate and a prostitute. Mocked by his neighbors, Ku leaves the shore for a new life among the boat people. Refusing to renounce his high status, he--along with his teenage son--keeps his distance from the gossipy lowlifes who surround him. Then one day a feral girl, Huixian, arrives looking for her mother, and the boat people, and especially Ku's son, take her to their hearts. But Huixian sows conflict wherever she goes, and soon the boy is in the grip of an obsession.

Raw, emotional, and unerringly funny, the Man Asian Prize-winning novel from China's bestselling literary author is a story of a people caught in the stranglehold not only of their own desires and needs, but also of a Party that sees everything and forgives nothing.



Praise for Su Tong:

"This character-driven work, well translated by Goldblatt, is undeniably a story to ponder." --Library Journal

"Remarkable, subtle, and profound." --The New York Times

"Dreamlike, beautiful, brutal." --The Sunday Times (London)

"[His] insights into the realities of the human condition are a true strength." --San Francisco Chronicle




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