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The Vagrants

(2009)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel (nominee)
The much-anticipated first novel from the Guardian First Book Award-winning Chinese writer acclaimed by Michel Faber as having 'the talent, the vision and the respect for life's insoluble mysteries to be a truly fine writer.'

In the provincial town of Muddy Waters in China, a young woman named Gu Shan is sentenced to death for her loss of faith in Communism. She is twenty-eight years old and has already spent ten years in prison. The citizens stage a protest after her death and, over the following six weeks, the town goes through uncertainty, hope, and fear until eventually the rebellion is brutally suppressed. Sumei, a mother of a young child, is sentenced to death as an anti-Communist activist. They are all taken on a painful journey; from one young woman's death to another. We follow the pain of Gu Shan's parents, the hope and fear of the leaders of the protest and their families. Even those who seem unconnected to the tragedy -- an eleven-year-old boy seeking fame and glory, a nineteen-year-old village idiot in love with a young and deformed girl, and old couple making a living by scavenging the town's garbage cans -- are caught up in remorseless turn of events.Yiyun Li's novel is based on the true story which took place in China in 1979.

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February 2009 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Vagrants
Author(s): Yiyun Li
ISBN: 0-00-719664-4 / 978-0-00-719664-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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February 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Vagrants: A Novel
Author(s): Yiyun Li
ISBN: 1-4000-6313-2 / 978-1-4000-6313-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Paperback Editions

February 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Vagrants: A Novel
Author(s): Yiyun Li
ISBN: 0-8129-7334-8 / 978-0-8129-7334-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
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September 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Vagrants
Author(s): Yiyun Li
ISBN: 0-00-719665-2 / 978-0-00-719665-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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February 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Vagrants
Author(s): Yiyun Li
ISBN: 0-00-729909-5 / 978-0-00-729909-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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May 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Vagrants
Author(s): Yiyun Li
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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May 2010 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Vagrants
Author(s): Yiyun Li
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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January 2010 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Vagrants
Author(s): Yiyun Li
Publisher: Recorded Books
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March 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Vagrants
Author(s): Yiyun Li
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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February 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Vagrants: A Novel
Author(s): Yiyun Li
Publisher: Random House
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