Red Memory

Tania Branigan

An indelible exploration of the Cultural Revolution and how it shapes China today, Red Memory uncovers forty years of silence through the rarely heard stories of individuals who lived through Mao’s decade of madness.

Coming soon 31 January 2023
Format
Ebook
ISBN
9781783352678
Date Published
31.01.2023
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Summary

An indelible exploration of the Cultural Revolution and how it shapes China today, Red Memory uncovers forty years of silence through the rarely heard stories of individuals who lived through Mao’s decade of madness.

‘Took my breath away.’ BARBARA DEMICK
‘Haunting.’ OLIVER BURKEMAN
‘A masterpiece.’ JULIA LOVELL

A 13-year-old Red Guard revels in the great adventure, and struggles with her doubts. A silenced composer, facing death, determines to capture the turmoil. An idealistic student becomes the ‘corpse master’ . . .

More than fifty years on, the Cultural Revolution’s scar runs through the heart of Chinese society, and through the souls of its citizens. Stationed in Beijing for the Guardian, Tania Branigan came to realise that this brutal and turbulent decade continues to propel and shape China to this day. Yet official suppression and personal trauma have conspired in national amnesia: it exists, for the most part, as an absence.

Red Memory explores the stories of those who are driven to confront the era, fearing or yearning its return. What happens to a society when you can no longer trust those closest to you? What happens to the present when the past is buried, exploited or redrawn? And how do you live with yourself when the worst is over?

Critic Reviews

The perceptiveness into the human condition and the eloquence of her prose simply took my breath away. Red Memory left me with not a shred of doubt that the Cultural Revolution is still relevant to understanding modern day China, as well as the underpinnings of our own 21st century cultural clashes.

Barbara Demick, author of NOTHING TO ENVY
Critic Reviews

Red Memory is a haunting, vivid account of the human legacy and continuing impact of devastating events that, notwithstanding our preference for forgetting, happened practically yesterday. The author blends history with journalism, and empathy with clarity, in a breathtaking work that hasn't left my mind since I finished reading it.

Oliver Burkeman, author of FOUR THOUSAND WEEKS
Critic Reviews

Unfailingly acute, exceptionally humane — a masterpiece.

Julia Lovell, author of MAOISM: A Global History