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Vol -  10, Issue- 11 ,         Page(s) : 95 - 100  (2019 ) DOI : https://doi.org/10.32804/IRJMSH


Memory plays a significant role in the construction of narratives. Authors often rely on their past experiences to frame plots of their novels. The present research analyses the use of memory in the autobiographical novel Village of Stone by Chinese author Xiaolu Guo. The story is inspired by the author’s memory of her impoverished upbringing in rural China and her struggles growing up in Beijing. Guo is known to write stories based on her own lived experience and Village of Stone is a recollection of the author’s personal, intellectual and spiritual journey. Although the novel is an account of the protagonist’s memory, it represents the collective memory of the generation that witnessed the era of the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

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