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An Epic Drawn From the Tears of Nanjing
This moving short novel is based on true events that took place during the Nanjing Massacre in when the Japanese invaded the Chinese city, slaughtering not only soldiers but raping and murdering the civilian population as well. It tells the story of an American missionary who, for a few terrifying days, finds himself sheltering a group of schoolgirls, prostitutes and wounded Chinese soldiers in the compound of his church. American priest Father Engelmann is one of the small group of Westerners who have remained in Nanjing, despite the approach of the Japanese. America is not yet in the war and so his church compound is supposedly neutral territory. However, his confidence in his ability to look after the Chinese schoolgirls left in his care is shaken when thirteen prostitutes from the floating brothel on the nearby Yangtze River climb over the compound wall and demand to be hidden.
AS he was overseeing rehearsals for the monumental, multimillion-dollar opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, with its cast of 15, and fireworks extravaganza, the film director Zhang Yimou faced enormous pressure. Hoping for a distraction, he turned to a book. But the point of view was not, and Mr. Zhang quickly resolved to turn the book into a movie. There is always this box, and you cannot go outside the box.
December The Japanese have taken Nanking.
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