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Red Peonies

Author : Zhang Yihe
ISBN : 0824872878
Genre : Literary Collections
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Red Peonies: Two Novellas of China is the first translation in English of two of the books written by Zhang Yihe about women she met and befriended in prison. The subjects of her stories have been described as "beautiful women who wielded magic power over men. They were like jealous evil spirits, vengeful treacherous persons-countless snakes coiled around other people." Born in 1942 in Chongqing, Sichuan, Zhang Yihe was the daughter of Zhang Bojun, a high official in the Chinese Communist Party who was purged in 1957, during the PRC's Anti-Rightist Campaign, and labeled a public enemy. Three years later, Zhang Yihe entered the National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts, but in 1963, she was sent down to a Sichuanese opera troupe, far from Beijing, for offending Mao Zedong's powerful wife. For this offense and the fact of being the daughter of "China's Number One Rightist," Zhang Yihe was convicted in 1970 of counterrevolutionary activities and sentenced to twenty years in prison. In 1979, she was cleared and allowed to return to Beijing, where she joined the Chinese National Opera Academy and eventually became a professor of theatre arts. She retired in 2001 and started writing memoirs of people who lived during the era of Mao and the Cultural Revolution. In 2004, she received the International PEN Award for Independent Chinese Writing
Category: Literary Collections

Country Life

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ISBN : UOM:39015031369062
Genre : Country life
File Size : 62.47 MB
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Category: Country life

The Art Of Painting Flowers In Oil Acrylic

Author : David Lloyd Glover
ISBN : 9781627889254
Genre : Art
File Size : 20.66 MB
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Learn everything you need to know to create beautiful floral works of art in oil and acrylic! This comprehensive book opens with a guide to essential information on the necessary tools and materials for both sketching and painting, including pencils, paints and brushes, palettes, supports, and mediums. In addition to learning about basic drawing and painting techniques and color theory, readers will learn how to create compelling compositions, achieve depth, and render realistic textures. In The Art of Painting Flowers in Oil & Acrylic, several talented and experienced artists guide readers through easy-to-follow lessons covering a variety of floral and plant life, including tulips, dahlias, hibiscus, roses, daisies, freesia, water lilies, bird of paradise, and more. With sections devoted to both mediums, readers will learn everything they need to know to create beautiful floral works of art in oil and acrylic. Along the way, aspiring artists will discover helpful tips and tricks for mixing vibrant colors, working from photographs, working outdoors, and creating volume and dimension.
Category: Art

Britannica Student Encyclopedia A Z Set

Author : Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc
ISBN : 9781615355570
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
File Size : 36.39 MB
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Entertaining and informative, the newly updated Britannica Student Encyclopedia helps children gain a better understanding of their world. Updated for 2012, more than 2,250 captivating articles cover everything from Barack Obama to video games. Children are sure to immerse themselves in 2,700 photos, charts, and tables that help explain concepts and subjects, as well as 1,200 maps and flags from across the globe. Britannica Student is curriculum correlated and a recent winner of the 2008 Teachers Choice Award and 2010 AEP Distinguished achievement award.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Women In Chinese Martial Arts Films Of The New Millennium

Author : Ya-chen Chen
ISBN : 9780739139103
Genre : Social Science
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Women and Gender in Chinese Martial Arts Films of the New Millennium, by Ya-chen Chen, is an excavation of underexposed gender issues focusing mainly on contradictory and troubled feminism in the film narratives. In the cinematic world of martial arts films, one can easily find representations of women of Ancient China released from the constraints of patriarchal social order to revel in a dreamlike space of their own. They can develop themselves, protect themselves, and even defeat or conquer men. This world not only frees women from the convention of foot-binding, but it also "unbinds" them in terms of education, critical thinking, talent, ambition, opportunities to socialize with different men, and the freedom or right to both choose their spouse and decide their own fate. Chen calls this phenomenon "Chinese cinematic martial arts feminism." The liberation is never sustaining or complete, however; Chen reveals the presence of a glass ceiling marking the maximal exercise of feminism and women's rights which the patriarchal order is willing to accept. As such, these films are not to be seen as celebrations of feminist liberation, but as enunciations of the patriarchal authority that suffuses "Chinese cinematic martial arts feminism." The film narratives under examination include Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (directed by Ang Lee); Hero (Zhang Yimou); House of the Flying Daggers (Zhang Yimou); Seven Swords (Tsui Hark); The Promise (Chen Kaige); The Banquet (Feng Xiaogang); and Curst of the Golden Flower (Zhang Yimou). Chen also touches upon the plots of two of the earliest award-winning Chinese martial arts films, A Touch of Zen and Legend of the Mountain, both directed by King Hu.
Category: Social Science

Garden Bouquets And Beyond

Author : Suzy Bales
ISBN : 160529151X
Genre : Crafts & Hobbies
File Size : 24.33 MB
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Lifelong gardener and lifestyle writer Suzy Bales believes that life is best lived in sync with the seasons. Her four-season bouquets celebrate the ever-changing landscape and feature unique combinations of flowers and foliage in many different styles. Garden Bouquets and Beyond takes the best of two ideas, flower arranging and gardening, and brings them together to inspire you to do more with your blooms than simply fill a bud vase. You'll find dozens of ideas for using freshly cut flowers and other plant material to create wreaths, centerpieces, nosegays, and memorable container arrangements in each garden season. Suzy offers useful tips for cutting and gathering flowers and foliage and shares the latest research on conditioning individual garden flowers, how to care for them immediately after cutting, and the length of time they can be expected to last. No other book has compiled such complete instructions for prolonging the bloom. Join Suzy as she collects fresh blossoms, foliage, garden snippings, and branches from the landscape and creates an unforgettable array of indoor and outdoor bouquets, arrangements, and decorations in dozens of enchanting designs to inspire you throughout the year.
Category: Crafts & Hobbies

After Gregory

Author : Austin Wright
ISBN : 9781786492128
Genre : Fiction
File Size : 34.37 MB
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Peter Gregory, a 35-year-old high school English teacher with an ex-wife and kids, tries to drown himself in the Ohio River. Failing to manage even that, he decides to hitch a ride east, fleeing the state and escaping accusations of rape and murder. As he assumes and discards aliases along the way, he believes that he can begin again, a fresh start - but the past has a habit of catching up with all of us, no matter how fast we run...
Category: Fiction

China Bayles Book Of Days

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
ISBN : 042520653X
Genre : Cooking
File Size : 58.41 MB
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A companion volume to the best-selling China Bayles mystery novels featuring the herbalist sleuth presents a collection of facts, recipes, trivia, remedies, lore, and gardening tips for every day of the year, accompanied by essays by the author, clues from China's mysteries, and more. Original. 30,000 first printing.
Category: Cooking

Hugh Macdiarmid

Author : Hugh MacDiarmid
ISBN : 0811217817
Genre : Poetry
File Size : 45.57 MB
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This volume includes the full texts of In Memoriam James Joyce, Three Hymns to Lenin, and The Kind of Poetry I Want. Included are long poems and intense lyrics.
Category: Poetry