About the Book

When the Purple Mountain Burns

When the Purple Mountain Burns

A Novel
April 2000
Hardcover · 273 Pages
$19.95 U.S. · $24.00 CAN
ISBN 9781592650415
Long River Press


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This is an unprecedented first novel by a native son of Nanking, set during the first six days after the fall of the city to the Japanese imperial army in December of 1937. Shouhua Qi has crafted a diverse array of characters: Chinese, Japanese, and several Westerners, including historical figures such as John Rabe and Minnie Vautrin, who saved thousands of Chinese from death, and shows how their lives intertwine amid a ruined city on the brink of genocide. Like no other before, Shouhua Qi’s unique voice profoundly captures the essence of his hometown and the struggles faced by generations of Chinese as they exorcise the demons of popular memory.

About the Author

Shouhua Qi is Associate Professor of English at Western Connecticut State University. He is the author of When the Purple Mountain Burns; Red Guard Fantasies and Other Stories; China Complex; and Editor of The Pearl Jacket and Other Stories. His writings have appeared in "Feminist Studies" and "AMBIT" and numerous other publications.