University of Hawai‘i Press is pleased to announce the publication of Banished!, winner of the prestigious Chinese Novel Prize in 2003. Written by Han Dong, one of the country’s most important avant-garde poets, the book is set in 1969, while China is in the throes of the Cultural Revolution. The Tao family is banished to the countryside, forced to leave comfortable lives in Nanjing to be reeducated in the true nature of the revolution by the peasants of Sanyu village.
“This is a poet’s novel, written in a spare and elegant style, gracefully rendered in English. Han Dong finds irony and humor in his tale of one family caught up in the injustices and absurdities of Cultural Revolution China, and through his chronicle of the vicissitudes faced by the Taos he tells the story of millions whose lives were disrupted in that turbulent decade.” —Richard King, University of Victoria
November 2008 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3340-4 / $26.00 (PAPER)