Author(s): Fan Wen
Who is Zhao Xun? For those around him, the answer to this question is unclear. In KMT-occupied Kunming, Yunnan Province, a mist of uncertainty has already filled the air, and false names have become the norm. With the city's liberation at the hands of the Communist Army, this trend only intensifies. My Country, My Blood traces the life story of former KMT officer who spends his entire life living in Yunnan. It relays stories of opera troupes operating behind the frontlines, student groups resisting tyrannical governments, and the reshuffling of the social order that followed the Chinese Civil War. Grand in scope, My Country, My Blood pushes through the period of establishing a new government clear through to the time of healing marked by China's Opening Up to the world. Along the way, you will slowly piece together the puzzle of shifting pseudonyms, discovering who the characters actually are and the complicated, twisting paths that bring them together amid the throes of war. Painting a vibrant picture of how China came to be what it is today, My Country, My Blood is a story of war, revolution, and healing. As gripping as it is informative, this piece of fiction is truly a gem of modern Chinese literature.