Winter pasture : one woman's journey with China's Kazakh herders / Li Juan ; translated by Jack Hargreaves and Yan Yan.
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- ISBN: 9781662600333
- ISBN: 166260033X
- Physical Description: viii, 304 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
- Publisher: New York, NY : Astra House, a division of Astra Publishing House, 
"Originally published in the Chinese language as Dong mu chang by New Star Press ©2012"--Title page verso.
"Li Juan and her mother own a small convenience store in the Altai Mountains in Northwestern China, where she writes about her life among grasslands and snowy peaks. To her neighbors' surprise, Li decides to join a family of Kazakh herders as they take their 30 boisterous camels, 500 sheep and over 100 cattle and horses to pasture for the winter. The so-called "winter pasture" occurs in a remote region that stretches from the Ulungur River to the Heavenly Mountains. As she journeys across the vast, seemingly endless sand dunes, she helps herd sheep, rides horses, chases after camels, builds an underground home using manure, gathers snow for water, and more. With a keen eye for the understated elegance of the natural world, and a healthy dose of self-deprecating humor, Li vividly captures both the extraordinary hardships and the ordinary preoccupations of the day-to-day of the men and women struggling to get by in this desolate landscape. Her companions include Cuma, the often drunk but mostly responsible father; his teenage daughter, Kama, who feels the burden of the world on her shoulders and dreams of going to college; his reticent wife, a paragon of decorum against all odds, who is simply known as "sister-in-law." In bringing this faraway world to English language readers here for the first time, Li creates an intimate bond with the rugged people, the remote places and the nomadic lifestyle. In the signature style that made her an international sensation, Li Juan transcends the travel memoir genre to deliver an indelible and immersive reading experience on every page."
Text in English, translated from the Chinese.
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Winter Pasture : One Woman's Journey with China's Kazakh Herders
Born in Xinjiang in 1979, Li Juan grew up in Sichuan Province. In her youth, she learned to sew and run a small convenience store with her mother, living in a town where nomads shopped. Later, she worked in a factory in the city of Urumqi. In 2003, she became a public servant until 2008 when she became a full time author. Her writing career began in 1999, as a columnist for newspapers like Southern Weekly and Hong Kong's Wenweipo . Widely regarded as one of the best narrative nonfiction writers of her generation, Li Juan's writing has won several awards. WINTER PASTURE is considered to be her most popular and representative work.