Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong 9780141027876

Wolf Totem


In the vast, windswept plains of Inner Mongolia, a young student from Beijing finds himself immersed in a world far removed from the turmoil of the Cultural Revolution. "Wolf Totem" is an epic tale that chronicles the dying culture of the Mongols and their ancient reverence for the wolf. As the student learns to embrace the nomadic way of life, he discovers a profound connection between man and nature, and the delicate balance that has sustained the Mongols for centuries. Jiang Rong's semi-autobiographical novel is a captivating exploration of tradition, identity, and the enduring spirit of a people bound to the land and its creatures.

Jiang Rong is the pseudonym of Lü Jiamin, a Chinese novelist and former member of the Chinese People's Liberation Army. Born in 1946, he spent years living among the Mongols of Inner Mongolia, an experience that profoundly shaped his understanding of their culture and way of life. "Wolf Totem" is a testament to his deep respect for the Mongol traditions and a poignant reminder of the fragility of our natural world.

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