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NEA Big Read and Brooks Library Present: "To Live" Book Discussion

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Event Date: 
Tue, 02/19/2019
Event Time: 
7 - 8:30 p.m.
Event Location: 
Brooks Library, 4th Floor Music Library

Now is the time to pick up your copy of Yu Hua's "To Live," featured as this year's NEA Big Read. 

To Live tells the poignant tale of a man's transformation from the spoiled son of a rich landlord to an honorable and kindhearted peasant as he and his family endure the ravages of war and starvation.  Yu Hua is one of China's most well-known authors and his bestselling novel, To Live, has been named one of China's ten most influential books of the last decade. The novel was made into a critically acclaimed film of the same name with China's best-known actress.

Book Discussion

On Feb. 19, visit Brooks Library's 4th floor Music Library for a presentation and discussion led by Dr. Marilyn Levine. 

Her presentation on “Mass Campaigns and Mass Trauma: The Meaning of "To Live" will overview two of the mass campaigns, the Great Leap Forward (1958-1960) and the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) in the People's Republic of China. Using the themes in the novel "To Live," there will be a brief lecture, some film clips from the Chinese film "Hibiscus Town," which explored the suffering of the common person in China during these campaigns, and a discussion with the audience.

To learn more about this year's NEA Big Read program, visit





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