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In 1958 China's revered leader Mao Zedong instituted a program designed to transform his giant nation into a Communist utopia Called the Great Leap Forward Mao's grand scheme like so many other utopian dreams of the 20th century proved a monumental disaster resulting in the mass destruction of China's agriculture industry and trade while leaving large portions of the countryside forever scarred by man made environmental disasters The resulting three year famine claimed the lives of than 45 million people in China In this remarkable oral history of modern China's greatest tragedy survivors of the cataclysm share their memories of the devastation and loss The range of voices is wide city dwellers and peasants scholars and factory workers parents who lost children and children who were orphaned in the catastrophe all speak out Powerful and deeply moving this uniue remembrance of an unnecessary and unhindered catastrophe illuminates a dark recent history that remains officially unacknowledged to this day by the Chinese government and opens a window on a society still feeling the impact of the terrible Great Famine

10 thoughts on “Forgotten Voices of Maos Great Famine, 1958-1962

  1. says:

    This book deserves to be very widely read The author has travelled extensively in rural China mainly interviewing ordinary people who survived the Great Leap Forward or accurately Mao's Great Famine It cannot have been easy to research not only as the famine is something of a taboo subject but because many of the stories are very sad and sometimes harrowingTwo things struck me in particular Firstly by interspersing the survivor accounts with observations about travelling in contemporary China she makes clear that the peasants of rural China having borne the brunt of the famine today still live lives marred by poverty and some hardship Secondly at the end of the book when she deals with the uestion of responsibility the book only lightly touches on the high politics behind the Great Leap she makes clear that many of those affected do not blame Mao or the Communist Party for what happened to them Indeed many of them still revere Mao even though he was directly responsible for starving one uarter of humanity one of the worst crimes against humanity ever perpetrated So at the end of the book one is left with a powerful sense of the injustice prevailing in China and the indifference of the Communist Party towards its own people