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Apologies Forthcoming by Xujun Eberlein
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Dec 04, 08

Recommended for: everyone
Read in November, 2008

A powerful collection of stories taking place during and after the Cultural Revolution in China. Intimate, melancholy, comic, sensuous, the stories cover a broad range: the mysterious, short-lived career of a promising poet ("Snow Line"); the fate of an urban teenager sent to work in a peasant collective in the countryside ("Disciple of the Masses"); the accidental meeting, years later in the U.S., of two members of rival revolutionary factions ("Second Encounter"). Social history informs every page of this collection but never overwhelms the artistry. Eberlein (who herself experienced the Cultural Revolution as a teenager in China) is a subtle psychologist with a beautiful eye for detail.


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