Almost a Revolution

Shen Tong, Author, Marianne Yen, Author, Tong Shen, Author Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $19.95 (342p) ISBN 978-0-395-54693-2
Shen Tong was a student leader in China's pro-democracy movement whose dreams were crushed in the Tiananmen Square massacre. Told with modesty and wisdom, written with former Washington Post reporter Yen, his remarkable autobiography is also a spiritual history of China's struggle for human rights. The first half of the book is straightforward, limpid narrative. His parents, reluctant members of the People's Liberation Army, are labeled ``counterrevolutionary collaborators'' for copying political poems. He discovers Beethoven, Gandhi, Einstein and sexual love. The book's second half is a heartbreaking and electrifying journal of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and the two months of protests leading up to it. Now living near Boston, Shen Tong saw firsthand what others have since confirmed: most of the thousands gunned down on the approaches to the square were not students but workers. No one who cares about modern China should miss this document. Photos. Author tour. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/31/1990
Release date: 11/01/1990
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