Hard Like Water

£16.99

In revolutionary struggle, if you don’t defeat your enemy, your enemy will defeat you. On his return to his hometown – and his wife – to aid the Cultural Revolution, soldier Aijun sees a young woman wandering barefoot along the railway tracks in the warm late-afternoon sun. Her name is Hongmei. From this moment on, an ‘unspeakably beautiful flower’ blooms in Aijun’s heart. As Aijun and Hongmei hurl themselves into their town’s revolutionary struggle, they become inseparable. They spend their days and nights stamping out feudalism, writing pamphlets and attending rallies: they are the engines of history. But soon, their sexual and revolutionary fervour begin to merge, and a crazed new love explodes between them. The party bosses are hugely impressed by the ardour of the pair’s work. Emboldened, the couple build a ‘tunnel of love’ – to further the revolution, of course.

Description

A breakneck adventure story following the erotic love affair of party cadres Aijun and Hongmei during China’s Cultural Revolution

On his return to his village in the Balou Mountains, soldier Gao Aijun sees a young woman wandering barefoot along the railway tracks in the warm late-afternoon sun. Her name is Hongmei. Aijun is instantly intoxicated, his wife – waiting patiently for him at home – quickly forgotten.

Both Aijun and Hongmei hurl themselves into their town’s revolutionary struggle. Spending their days and nights stamping out feudalism, writing pamphlets and organising rallies, they become inseparable: they are the engines of history.

The couple dig a ‘tunnel of love’ – to further the revolution, of course, but also to connect their homes and provide a chamber for their secret rendezvous. While the unsuspecting villagers sleep, they sing political songs and compete in shouting-matches of Maoist slogans before making earth-shattering love. But when Hongmei’s husband finds them together one evening, their dreams of a life together begin to fall apart.

Hard Like Water is a novel of immense emotional force from one of China’s greatest contemporary writers, a universal human drama about the nature of power and the dangers of hubris, as well as the freewheeling momentum of love and sexual desire.

Additional information

Weight 0.429 kg
Dimensions 21.6 × 13.6 × 3.3 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

352

Language

English

Edition

C format original

Dewey

895.136 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

Hard Like Water

£16.99