Wild Grass

Wild Grass

China's Revolution from Below

Summary

'Illuminating ... Johnson has not only lifted a corner of the curtain which covers China's reality beyond its glittering eastern cities; he has drawn the whole curtain' The Times Literary Supplement

In Wild Grass, Pulitzer Prize-winning Ian Johnson describes a China caught between the desire for change percolating up from below and the ossified political structure above. He recounts the stories of three ordinary people who find themselves finding oppression and government corruption, risking imprisonment and even death. A young architecture student, a bereaved daughter, and a peasant legal clerk are the unlikely heroes of these stories, private citizens cast by unexpected circumstances into surprising roles.

Reviews

  • Illuminating ... Johnson has not only lifted a corner of the curtain which covers China's reality beyond its glittering eastern cities; he has drawn the whole curtain.
    The Times Literary Supplement

About the author

Ian Johnson

Ian Johnson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer based in Berlin. He spent more than twenty years in China, first as a student and then as a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the New York Review of Books. He is the author of two other books that also focus on the intersection of politics and religion: The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, and A Mosque in Munich: Nazis, the CIA, and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West.
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