[Marxism] reviewer wanted

george snedekerg snedekerg at verizon.net
Sun Feb 3 20:53:09 MST 2013

Socialism and Democracy is looking for someone to review F: Hu Feng's Prison Years by Mei zhi, Verso, 2013.If you are interested in reviewing this book, contact me at snedekerg at verizon.net You can find sample reviews we have published at our web page: www.sdonline.org


Here is the publisher's blurb on this book:

F: Hu Feng's Prison Years

by Mei Zhi Translated by Gregor Benton 

China's first literary dissident's Kafkaesque journey through the prisons of the Cultural Revolution.

Hu Feng, the 'counterrevolutionary' leader of a banned literary school, spent twenty-five years in the Chinese Communist Party's prison system. But back in the Party's early days, he was one of its best known literary theoreticians and critics-at least until factional infighting, and his short fuse, made him persona non grata among the establishment. 

His wife, Mei Zhi, shared his incarceration for many years. F is her account of that time, beginning ten years after her and Hu Feng's initial arrest. She herself was eventually released, after which she navigated the party's Byzantine prison bureaucracy searching for his whereabouts. Having finally found him, she voluntarily returned to gaol to care for him in his rage and suffering, watching his descent into madness as the excesses of the Cultural Revolution took their toll.

Both an intimate portrait of Mei Zhi's life with Hu Feng and a stark account of the prison system and life under Mao, F is at once beautiful and harrowing.

Hardback, 304 pages

George Snedeker

Book Review Editor.


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