Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Introduction

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pp. 1-14

Two celebrated works of fiction, written twenty years apart, present very different pictures of rural China in the late 1950s and early 1960s. This was the time of the Great Leap Forward, the utopian scheme designed to catapult China into the ranks of the world’s leading military and industrial powers ...

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A Brief Biography of Li Shuangshuang

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pp. 15-62

Li Shuangshuang is the wife of Sun Xiwang of the Sun Family Village Brigade of our commune, and is twenty-six or twenty-seven years old this year. Before the establishment of the commune and the Great Leap Forward, there were very few in the village who knew her name was Shuangshuang, ...

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The Story of The Criminal Li Tongzhong

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pp. 63-128

This Party branch secretary was a man who had left the human world nineteen years before. Over the course of those nineteen years, history had brought unimaginable turmoil and played who knows how many terrible tricks! But throughout that time, Tian Zhenshan had never forgotten this man, Li Tongzhong, ...

Glossary

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pp. 129-132

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About the Editor, Production Notes, Back Cover

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Richard King is director of the Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives and associate professor of Chinese in the Department of Pacific and Asian Studies, University of Victoria. His research is on twentieth- century Chinese literature and the arts, particularly from the Mao era, and Asian popular culture. ...