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Geling gives an overview of the book:

The story takes place in December 1937 during the Rape of Nanking.  A small group of girls is trapped in a Catholic school, looked after by an American priest and a deacon.  A group of prostitutes takes refuge along with them, then soldiers of the defeated Nationalist army force their way in.  They live together in disharmony until the carnage and rape outside the compound walls brings them to stand up and face their respective destinies.  This novel, to be released January 31, 2012, is the basis for Zhang Yimou's movie The Flowers of War, starring Academy Award winner Christian Bale.  
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The story takes place in December 1937 during the Rape of Nanking.  A small group of girls is trapped in a Catholic school, looked after by an American priest and a deacon.  A group of prostitutes takes refuge along with them, then soldiers of the defeated Nationalist army force their way in.  They live together in disharmony until the carnage and rape outside the compound walls brings them to stand up and face their respective destinies.  This novel, to be released January 31, 2012, is the basis for Zhang Yimou's movie The Flowers of War, starring Academy Award winner Christian Bale.  

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This is the story on which Zhang Yimou based his movie The Flowers of War. 

About Geling

Geling Yan is one of the most acclaimed contemporary novelists and screenwriters writing in the Chinese language today and a well-established writer in English. Born in Shanghai, she served with the...

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Published Reviews

Jan.14.2008

Thus begins Dan's career in journalism — and Geling Yan's shark-fin-sharp satire on cuisine and corruption in contemporary China.

Jan.14.2008

Geling Yan’s sly comic novel about the excesses — culinary and otherwise — of modern life in the Chinese capital... Although it may seem fantastical, her fiction is rooted in fact.

Author's Publishing Notes

This is the English-language adaptation of 金陵十三钗. Publication is also pending in several other languages.