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Author: Anchee Min

Genre: Literary Fiction
Format: E-book
ISBN: 9780749040505
Pages: 340
Rights: Uk & Comm ex Canada
Pub. Date: 4th April 2011

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This is the epic tale of one woman's life - of her journey from poverty to notoriety, from the slums to the Forbidden City. Hers is a story of defiance and determination, politics and passion - this is her quest to become a heroine.

Becoming Madame Mao is a powerful novel tracing the story of China's first lady from her youth as the unwanted daughter of a prostitute, her time as a struggling and later as a renown actress and ultimately her political downfall at the death of her husband. Evocative, poetic and mythic - Anchee Min's book is an attempt to reinstate the position of Madame Mao, a woman who has been virtually written out of the history books.

This is a fascinating insight into the intimacies and psychology of the woman responsible for the Cultural Revolution. Hers is a personal life filled with rejection and betrayal from both family and friends - insecurities and paranoia ultimately prove to be accurate as Madame Mao's world comes crashing down around her.

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