fiction writing, novels, historical fiction, China, The Great Leap Forward, starvation, Communism, 1950s-1960s
Ohio Wesleyan University
Hunger tells a love story between a man and a woman in a rural area in China during and after the Great Leap Forward. The man is a government official and symbolizes Communist policies. The woman is a teacher and personifies the casualties of the Great Leap (her parents died of starvation.) The novel delves into the inner world of the man, who is torn between his government duties and his love for the woman. The description of the tragic life of the woman, who is a casualty of both the Great Leap and the love affair, is also a key part of the fiction.