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North-East China, 1951. Yu Yuan, a fresh-faced cadet straight out of university, finds himself attached to a corps of 'volunteers' sent by Mao to help shore up the communist side in Korea at the outset of the 1951-3 War. Poorly armed and unprepared for the brutal reality of war, he is swiftly captured by American troops and incarcerated in a POW camp. There, the factional conflicts between Chinese captives - known as 'war trash' to their guards - force him to question the meaning of community and brotherhood.
"Jin sustains his novel beautifully by drawing on the moving humanity of his main character in the face of growing inhumanity."
ISBN 13: 9780141023960 | ISBN 10: 0141023961
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