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By Ran Chen, John Howard-Gibbon

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From certainly one of China's so much celebrated modern novelists comes this riveting story of a tender woman's emotional and sexual awakening. Set within the turbulent a long time of the Cultural Revolution and the Tian'anmen sq. incident, a personal existence exposes the complicated and fantastical internal lifetime of a tender girl turning out to be up in the course of a time of extreme social and political upheaval.

At the age of twenty-six, Ni Niuniu has come to simply accept discomfort and loss. She has suffered the loss of life of her mom and an in depth pal and neighbor, Mrs. Ho. She has lengthy been estranged from her tyrannical father, whereas her boyfriend—a awesome and good-looking poet named Yin Nan—was compelled to escape the rustic. She has survived a tense affair with a former instructor, a psychological breakdown that left her in a psychological establishment for 2 years, and a stray bullet that tore throughout the flesh of her left leg. Now residing in entire seclusion, Niuniu shuns an international that turns out incapable of accepting her and as a substitute spends her days wandering in vibrant, dreamlike reveries the place her fractured memories and wild fantasies merge along with her inescapable emotions of depression and loneliness. but this eccentric younger woman—caught among the disappearing traditions of the previous and a modernizing Beijing, a flood of thoughts and an unknowable destiny, her selected solitude and her irrepressible longing—discovers energy and independence via writing, which transforms her flight from the hypocrisy of city existence right into a trip of self-realization and rebirth.

First released in 1996 to common severe acclaim, Ran Chen's debatable debut novel is a lyrical meditation on reminiscence, sexuality, femininity, and the customarily arbitrary differences among insanity and sanity, alienation and belonging, nature and society. As Chen leads the reader deep into the psyche of Ni Niuniu—into her innermost secrets and techniques and sexual desires—the borders isolating narrator and protagonist, author and topic dissolve, exposing the shared facets of human life that go beyond geographical and cultural differences.

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Light, Bucknam McPeek, Frederick Mosteller, and Michael Stoto, Data for Decisions: Information Strategies for Policymakers (Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1982). ”fi⁄ In our cases here, the inferences made from the data faced exacting reality tests: the cholera epidemic ends or persists, the shuttle flies or fails. Those inferences and the resulting decisions and actions were based on various visual representations (maps, graphs, tables) of the evidence. The quality of these representations diVered enormously, and in ways that governed the ultimate consequences.

Clear and precise seeing becomes as one with clear and precise thinking. For example, the scientific principle, make controlled comparisons, also guides the construction of data displays, prescribing that the ink or pixels of graphics should be arranged so as to depict comparisons and contexts. Display architecture recapitulates quantitative thinking; design quality grows from intellectual quality. Such dual principles—both for reasoning about statistical evidence and for the design of statistical graphics—include (1) documenting the sources and characteristics of the data, (2) insistently enforcing appropriate comparisons, (3) demonstrating mechanisms of cause and effect, (4) expressing those mechanisms quantitatively, (5) recognizing the inherently multivariate nature of analytic problems, and (6) inspecting and evaluating alternative explanations.

Galileo Galilei, letter to the Grand Duchess Christina of Tuscany, 1615, in The Galileo Affair: A Documentary History, edited and translated by Maurice A. Finocchiaro (Berkeley, 1989), 101.

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