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By Ran Chen,John Howard-Gibbon

From one in every of China's so much celebrated modern novelists comes this riveting story of a tender woman's emotional and sexual awakening. Set within the turbulent a long time of the Cultural Revolution and the Tian'anmen sq. incident, A inner most Life exposes the complicated and fantastical internal lifetime of a tender lady transforming into up in the course of a time of extreme social and political upheaval.

At the age of twenty-six, Ni Niuniu has come to just accept soreness and loss. She has suffered the demise of her mom and an in depth buddy and neighbor, Mrs. Ho. She has lengthy been estranged from her tyrannical father, whereas her boyfriend -- an excellent and good-looking poet named Yin Nan -- was once pressured to escape the rustic. She has survived a tense affair with a former instructor, a psychological breakdown that left her in a psychological establishment for 2 years, and a stray bullet that tore throughout the flesh of her left leg. Now dwelling in whole seclusion, Niuniu shuns a global that turns out incapable of accepting her and as an alternative spends her days wandering in bright, dreamlike reveries the place her fractured reminiscences and wild fantasies merge together with her inescapable emotions of depression and loneliness. but this eccentric younger girl -- stuck among the disappearing traditions of the prior and a modernizing Beijing, a flood of thoughts and an unknowable destiny, her selected solitude and her irrepressible longing -- discovers energy and independence via writing, which transforms her flight from the hypocrisy of city lifestyles right into a trip of self-realization and rebirth.

First released in 1996 to frequent serious acclaim, Ran Chen's arguable debut novel is a lyrical meditation on reminiscence, sexuality, femininity, and the customarily arbitrary differences among insanity and sanity, alienation and belonging, nature and society. As Chen leads the reader deep into the psyche of Ni Niuniu -- into her innermost secrets and techniques and sexual wants -- the borders setting apart narrator and protagonist, author and topic dissolve, exposing the shared elements of human life that go beyond geographical and cultural differences.

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