The Resource Red poppies, Alai ; translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt, Sylvia Li-chun Lin, (electronic resource)

Red poppies, Alai ; translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt, Sylvia Li-chun Lin, (electronic resource)

Label
Red poppies
Title
Red poppies
Statement of responsibility
Alai ; translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt, Sylvia Li-chun Lin
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Its author reveals that the land of his forebears is hardly the pacifistic little enclave solely inhabited by devout Buddhists that many Westerners have imagined. It is, rather, a far more complex and therefore intriguing land, where tradition collides with progress and individuals exhibit a range of universal character traits from virtuous to venal. Alai introduces the powerful Maiqi family - its imperious patriarch, his Han Chinese wife, his first son and heir, and his second, so-called idiot son, the tale's narrator and unlikely hero. Set largely in the 1930s, before the Chinese occupies Tibet, this prize-winning novel pits the Maiqis against a neighboring chieftain. When an emissary of the Chinese Nationalists offers aid in the form of modern warfare, the head of the Maiqi clan strikes a Faustian bargain: in return for this assistance, he agrees to plant red poppies, the source of heroin, instead of grain on the arid plains surrounding his stone fortress. As these vivid blossoms flourish, so do the enmity and risks faced by a privileged and seemingly invincible family. Epic in its sweep and high drama, Alai's novel suggests the work of Colombia's Gabriel Garcia Marquez and William Faulkner's revelatory fiction about the American South. Censored for several years because its sensitive political content, Red Poppies was finally published in 1998 by a prestigious Chinese firm, and two years later won that nation's top literary prize
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technical information on music
Cataloging source
Midwest
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1959-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Alai
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not applicable
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Literary text for sound recordings
fiction
PerformerNote
Read by Ping Wu
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1939-
  • 1956-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Goldblatt, Howard
  • Lin, Sylvia Li-chun
  • Wu, Ping
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http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Tibet Autonomous Region (China)
Target audience
adult
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Label
Red poppies, Alai ; translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt, Sylvia Li-chun Lin, (electronic resource)
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Control code
MWT11419527
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Abridged.
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1 online resource (1 audio file (600 min.))
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Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
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9781598871876
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Publisher number
MWT11419527
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sound
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  • other
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other
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11419527
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Label
Red poppies, Alai ; translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt, Sylvia Li-chun Lin, (electronic resource)
Link
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Capture and storage technique
digital storage
Color
not applicable
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Control code
MWT11419527
Dimensions
  • not applicable
  • unknown
Edition
Abridged.
Extent
1 online resource (1 audio file (600 min.))
File format
unknown
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9781598871876
Isbn Type
(sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
Kind of cutting
not applicable
Kind of disc cylinder or tape
not applicable
Kind of material
unknown
Level of compression
unknown
Other physical details
digital.
Publisher number
MWT11419527
Quality assurance targets
unknown
Reformatting quality
access
Sound
sound
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
Speed
other
Stock number
11419527
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
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