Book Title & Author:
Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong
Why do you think the LSSU Campus should read this book? How will it build community? start conversations? encourage social engagement? empower critical thinking? Will it inspire an engaging TEDxLSSU theme?
The book (a novel) is about the Chinese cultural revolution coming to Mongolia and the loss of Mongolian traditional ways and how a young Chinese man discovers the harm he is causing. The book has its critics which include lack of respect of the author for the details of Mongolian culture. The discussions should include that criticism. Many parallels to issues of colonialism in America and the underlying landscape/environment issues might capture the imagination of students across our disciplines. And it has wolves 🙂 I found it compelling, somewhat challenging, and could feel like i was in Mongolia.
Description from publisher’s site:
“Part period epic, part fable for modern days, Wolf Totem depicts the dying culture of the Mongols–the ancestors of the Mongol hordes who at one time terrorized the world–and the parallel extinction of the animal they believe to be sacred: the fierce and otherworldly Mongolian wolf. Beautifully translated by Howard Goldblatt, the foremost translator of Chinese fiction, this extraordinary novel is finally available in English.”
Additional Information: This title is available in both Kindle and Audiobook format. It is one of the books being used for Wake Forest’s Project Wake campus read project.