Anchee Min - Author

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Anchee Min was born in Shanghai in 1957. As a child, she became a model member of the Red Guard. At seventeen she was sent to work on a communal farm, from which she was plucked by Madame Mao's associates to become a star of the Chinese propaganda film industry. After the death of Mao in 1976, Anchee Min was disgraced. She left China for the US in 1984; she now lives in California. She is best known for her memoir, Red Azalea.

Photograph © Lei Q. Min

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Samanta incoltita

Samanta incoltita

Author: Anchee Min Format: eBook Release Date: 26/01/2016

La douazeci de ani dupa aparitia primului roman inspirat din propria viata, Azaleea Rosie, in care zugravea in culori sumbre tribulatiile ei in timpul Revolutiei culturale chineze, Anchee Min hotaraste sa-si intregeasca povestea vietii in Samanta incoltita. Sincer si adesea socant, scriitoarea relateaza dificultatile cu care s-a confruntat ca imigranta pana cand a ajuns sa se adapteze ritmurilor tarii de adoptie si sa-si construiasca o cariera literara de succes. Munca epuizanta, efortul de a invata singura engleza stand intr-o camaruta neincalzita si urmarind la televizor serialul Sesame Street, trauma unui viol, casatoria esuata si apoi divortul deprimant, nasterea fiicei sale, Lauryann, si a doua casatorie - fericita - sunt numai cateva dintre experientele in care se regasesc, intr-un fel sau altul, atatia dintre imigrantii ce au venit in America, tara fagaduintei"e;, cu inima plina de speranta intr-un viitor mai bun.

The Cooked Seed

The Cooked Seed

Author: Anchee Min Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/06/2014

In 1994, Anchee Min published Red Azalea, a memoir of growing up during the violent trauma of the Cultural Revolution. It became an international bestseller. Twenty years later, Min returns to give us the next chapter, as she moves from the shocking deprivations of her homeland to the sudden bounty of the promised land of America, without language, money or a clear path. With the help of actress Joan Chen, Anchee applies to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She shows a portfolio of her self-taught brush paintings at the US consulate and is granted an entry visa, but once in America, Anchee finds she is on her own, forced to survive by her wits and indomitable spirit. She teaches herself English by watching Sesame Street, has five jobs at once sleeps in unheated rooms in desolate neighbourhoods. As well as her struggle to understand her new country - the food, the warm showers - Anchee suffers rape, collapses from exhaustion, marries poorly and divorces after giving birth to her daughter, Lauryann. Despite her tough, lonely journey, Anchee finds that it is Lauryann who will save her and root her, finally, in America. As a child, Anchee understood herself as a mere `bolt on the great machine that was Communism'; in America she learns how to succeed in a radically different culture despite bitter hardships and countless setbacks. The Cooked Seed is an unforgettable story.

Pearl of China

Pearl of China

Author: Anchee Min Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/05/2011

In the small southern town of Chin-kiang, two young girls from very different worlds collide and become inseparable companions. Willow is hardened by poverty and fearful for her future; Pearl is the daughter of a Christian missionary who desperately wishes she was Chinese too. Neither could have foreseen the transformation of the little American girl embarrassed by her blonde hair into the Nobel Prize-winning writer and one of China's modern heroines, Pearl S. Buck. When the country erupts in civil war between the Nationalists and the Communists, Pearl and Willow are brutally reminded of their differences. Pearl's family is forced to flee the country and Willow is punished for her loyalty to her `cultural imperialist' friend. And yet, in the face of everything that threatens to tear them apart, the paths of these two women remain intimately entwined.

Red Azalea

Red Azalea

Author: Anchee Min Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/05/2009

Born into a devoutly Maoist family in 1950s Shanghai and forced to work on a communal farm from the age of seventeen, Anchee Min found herself in an alienating and hostile political climate, where her only friendships were perilous and intense. Both candid and touching, this compelling memoir documents her isolation and illicit love against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution. From her coming of age in the Red Guard to her recruitment into Madame Mao's burgeoning industry of propaganda movies, Red Azalea explores the secret sensuality of a repressive society with elegance and honesty.

The Last Empress

The Last Empress

Author: Anchee Min Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2008

At the end of the nineteenth century China is rocked by foreign attacks and local rebellions. The only constant is the power wielded by one woman, Tzu Hsi, also known as Empress Orchid, who must face the perilous condition of her empire and devastating personal losses. In this sequel to the bestselling Empress Orchid , Anchee Min brings to life one of the most important figures in Chinese history, a very human leader who sacrifices all she has to protect both those she loves and her doomed empire.

Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger

Author: Anchee Min Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2002

'In my memory she has a pair of foreign-colored eyes. The pupils were yellow with a hint of green. They reminded me of a wildcat.' Wild Ginger is the intense and erotic love story of Maple and Wild Ginger, set against the brutal backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution. A naive and poetic parable, Maple sees her school friend Wild Ginger become the star of the Little Red Guards. In a time and place where sexual relations are not allowed, Wild Ginger denies her desire for Evergreen - but Maple has less strict scruples. When Maple and Evergreen plan to leave Shanghai together for a life in rural China, Maple underestimates both Wild Ginger's feelings of betrayal and the horrific way she will use her political power to stop them...

Becoming Madame Mao

Becoming Madame Mao

Author: Anchee Min Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/01/2001

From the author of the international bestseller, Red Azalea, comes the stirring, croucally charged story of the woman known as 'the white-boned demon' - the ambitious wife of Chairman Mao whose actions led to the death of millions in the Cultural Revolution. From the young, unwanted daughter of a concubine, defiant in her refusal to have her feet bound, to the wayward, beautiful actress on the stages of Shanghai, to the ruthless, charismatic partner of the great revolutionary leader, Mao Zedong, Anchee Min moves seamlessly from the intimately personal to the broad sweep of world history in this fascinating portrait of an extraordinary woman driven by ambition, betrayal and a desperate need to be loved. Finely nuanced and always ambiguous, Min penetrates the myth surrounding Madame Mao with passion and sensitivity to paint a surprising picture of one of history's most vilified women. Rich with compressed drama and all the lyrical poetry of great opera, Becoming Madame Mao is a startling and moving achievement.

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