|About the Book|
Generation Lost is the fifth and the last book of Red Memories novel series. It systematically describes the Proletarian Revolution in Education in the latter half of the Cultural Revolution in China. It was an eventful period when one acuteMoreGeneration Lost is the fifth and the last book of Red Memories novel series. It systematically describes the Proletarian Revolution in Education in the latter half of the Cultural Revolution in China. It was an eventful period when one acute political struggle after another inside the Chinese Communist Party was carried on. The novel also has minute and vivid description of all those events.Generation Lost takes education and schools as its background. It describes how seriously the innocent students are ruined, how far the youngsters are misled and how gravely the Chinese education undertaking is destroyed during that period.Countless college students are driven out of schools like sheep herds to the countryside and factories in all parts of China. In this way, they are trained to be faithful supporters of the ultra-Leftist political line and docile ignorant gangsters for political struggle, instead of being trained to be professional personnel. At the same time the novel describes how the honest young teachers and students are brutally persecuted politically.Generation Lost also depicts the inside story of the struggle between justice and evil in the development of political situation in the latter part of the book. It brings the readers back to the scenes of the soul-stirring political struggle in the mid 1970s and discloses how both cities and countryside are shrouded by political dense fog at a time before and after Premier Zhou Enlai’s death.The tragic story of Gao and Fairy Wine is of a typical nature. They cherish noble aspirations and are imbued with strong sense of justice. However, in those days under the fascist rule, there is no need to divine their lot – either death or banishment. That this couple of lovers commits suicide together by lying on the railway track may be regarded as an indignant protest against the then feudalist tyranny.Generation Lost is the first and also the only literary work that brings to light the complete process of the Proletarian Revolution in Education, which was a disaster to the then Chinese younger generation and the generations to come.