What they say
Updated: 2011-07-22 08:02
In the winter of 2002, she decided to concentrate on the writing of We Three, to fulfill the wishes of her daughter. She wrote with pain in her heart and tears in her eyes. The three of them are different in character, but their integrity, wisdom and understanding of life and death are inspiring and thought-provoking.
Wu Xuezhao, Yang's only authorized biographer
Baptism deals with the mixture of hope and fear that Chinese intellectuals suffered during the first political campaign of New China. Using her patent style of irony and wit, Yang describes a time that baffled many men and women trying to find a place in a new social order. Even when political fervor and human cruelty is being observed, Yang Jiang never loses her sense of humor and compassion.
David Der-wei Wang, professor of Chinese literature, Harvard University
Six Chapters from My Life "Downunder" faithfully expresses the ethos of an older generation of Chinese intellectuals, very different from their often openly disillusioned children. From the suicide of a son-in-law to the enduring love of an old couple in unbelievably trying circumstances, Yang Jiang's memoir is marked by the dignity, absence of recrimination, deep love of country and fatalism typical of her generation.
Judith Shapiro, American writer
Her translation of Don Quixote is one of my favorite novels. I was surprised that, smart as she is, she set out to translate a novel full of silliness and absurdities. I think she has a pristine and innocent heart in disguise. I worship Qian Zhongshu, but I like Yang Jiang.
Fang Xiangdong, writer
(China Daily 07/22/2011 page19)
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