Escape Into Anarchy
Escape Into Anarchy Caren Liebelt
Communism promised food for all. Equal work. Equal housing. Mao Tse-tung smiled and made his promises to the world. Murong and her husband Lin Zhiyu foraged for last season's sweet potatoes and watched as neighbors starved or disappeared. Set in 1957, "Escape Into Anarchy" is a literary novel tearing the young couple between their Buddhist faith, the analects of Confucius, and the oncoming threat of Mao Tse-tung's system of communes. Murong is a bargain wife, sold from Hong Kong to pay her father's debt. Lin Zhiyu receives such a wife after bringing his family shame. As millions die, they fight to maintain harmony in the midst of chaos, to understand the contradictions between modern wisdom and discarded traditions. Forced from their peaceful home in Shaoguan, they enter the brutal commune system where they are separated from their children and worked as slaves. They escape to the anarchy of "Hak Nam," the Walled City of Kowloon, where filth and perversion threaten their family as surely as the brutal cadres. Lost to the temptations of the lawless city, can the strength of their love be enough to create an oasis in the depths of hell?
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