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NBCBC #27 A Chinese Life by Philippe Otie and Li Kunwu

A Chinese Life Paperback by Philippe Otie (Author) , Li Kunwu (Author, Illustrator)

Big book. Buy it soon and start reading. Then come to comic book club, drink some beers (if you didn't already know, happy hour goes until 9 at Tradesman) and discuss.


Here is what amazon says, and then what amazon says the onion says.

A Chinese Life is an astonishing graphic novel set against the backdrop of the creation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. This distinctively drawn work chronicles the rise and reign of Chairman Mao Zedong, and his sweeping, often cataclysmic vision for the most populated country on the planet.
Though the storyline is epic, the storytelling is intimate, reflecting the real life of the book’s artist. Li Kunwu spent more than 30 years as a state artist for the Communist Party. He saw firsthand what was happening to his family, his neighbors, and his homeland during this extraordinary time. Working with Philippe Ôtié, the artist has created a memoir of self and state, a rich, very human account of a major historical moment with contemporary consequences. Mao said, “The masses are the real heroes,” butA Chinese Life shows those masses as real people.

Praise for A Chinese Life:

“This is an absorbing book—all 700 pages of it—reminiscent at times of Zhang Yimou’s epic Chinese history film To Live, and reminiscent at others of George Orwell’s 1984, recast as non-fiction.” —The Onion’s A.V. Club

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