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极花 (lit. The Pole Flower)

Novel by Jia Pingwa.

Based on a true story, Jihua is told from the perspective of young girl named Hudie who is sold to a peasant family in rural Shaanxi after being kidnapped from the city where she works as a trash collector. When she is finally rescued by her family, Hudie surprises everyone by running away to be with her captors--and her child. This powerful indictment of contemporary Chinese society was originally serialized in People's Literature.


Broken Wings

Translated by Nicky Harman

The Pole Flower

Translated by Nick Stember, September, 2016