Dr. Bethune's Children

Dr. Bethune's Children

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Xue Yiwei's life has been marked by that of the legendary Montreal surgeon Norman Bethune, who died in China in the cause of Communism. Like other Chinese of his generation--the generation that has turned China into the world power it is today--Xue Yiwei was inspired by Dr. Bethune's example during the Cultural Revolution. But unlike his peers, he went to the lengths of moving to Montreal, where he has lived for sixteen years as a writer acclaimed in China and--until now--unknown in Canada. This subversive novel is the story that only he could write. Dr. Bethune's Children, which is banned in China (it is available only in a Chinese language version published in Taiwan), focuses on individual lives marked by some of the traumatic events of recent decades that have been veiled by official secrecy. In showing us the effects of the distress and repression that have marked his whole generation, Xue Yiwei unveils the human heart.
Publisher: Montreal :, Linda Leith Publishing,, 2017
ISBN: 9781988130514
Branch Call Number: F XUE NVD
Characteristics: 288 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Sterk, Darryl
Alternative Title: Doctor Bethune's children


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Mar 03, 2018

This is an insight into life in 1970's and 80's China, where Norman Bethune's legacy is examined from Canadian and Chinese perspectives. The story elements are revealed slowly as the author struggles to make sense of his losses and loneliness. Here even the children struggle with the victim blaming, hypocrisies and secrecy of Chinese society. While the novel is packed with big ideas, its the human cost which resonates.

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