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A unprepossessing but magical little book - like finding a dingy door in the basement that opens up into the immensity of China. The book is a collection of interviews with a remarkably diverse group of Chinese people: from an ex-prostitute to the brother of the ex-emperor, Pu Yi. There are around 50 interviews in all, but some voices stand out for their authenticity and vibrancy. There's the gruff woodsman who hunts tigers for zoos using his bare hands, the bumptious parvenu couple boasting abo ...more
Zhang Xinxin is a Chinese writer. She is best known in the for her book of 100 interviews with ordinary citizens Chinese Profiles (Beijing 1986), revised as Chinese Lives (1988). The book was co-authored with journalist Sang Ye.More about Zhang Xinxin...