Book cover of Red Memory: The Afterlives of China's Cultural Revolution by Tania Braniganby Tania Branigan

Shortlisted for the 2023 Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction

Longlisted for the 2023 Cundill History Prize

Longlisted for the 2023 Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction

An indelible exploration of the invisible scar that runs through the heart of Chinese society and the souls of its citizens.

“It is impossible to understand China today without understanding the Cultural Revolution,” Tania Branigan writes. During this decade of Maoist fanaticism between 1966 and 1976, children turned on parents, students condemned teachers, and as many as two million people died for their supposed political sins, while tens of millions were hounded, ostracized, and imprisoned. Yet in China this brutal and turbulent period exists, for the most part, as an absence; official suppression and personal trauma have conspired in national amnesia.

Interview with the Author

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Tania Branigan: Red Memory
2/1/23            57 min

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Tania Branigan, “Red Memory”
7/9/23           61 min

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Remembering The Cultural Revolution In Modern China
2/27/23           53 min

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A Conversation with Tania Branigan, author of Red Memory
3/8/23             39 min

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