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Panic

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pp. 3-102

Mondays—so difficult to categorize. For people of wealth and leisure, Monday is Sunday’s bonus. For others, who may be biding their time, Monday is the periscope of the armed submarine probing the calm ocean’s surface. Some people start their week like a ferocious watchdog stepping out of its kennel; they focus their very reason for being upon the tasks at hand and accomplish half the week’s work on Monday ...

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Deaf

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pp. 105-154

The day began without a hint that anything unusual could happen. The weather was quite pleasant. I remember looking out of the window and seeing a crystal-clear sky filled with sunlit brilliance. It was a gorgeous, altogether fantastic view of the universe. I was entirely normal myself. No—that is completely incorrect. What I mean is I believed, or, looking back in retrospect, I thought I was entirely normal. Stay with me and you’ll see that I’m a person who is right just about every single time...

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Translator’s Postscript

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pp. 155-157

Liang Xiaosheng has been a respected writer in China since his novella This Is a Miraculous Land won the annual All- China Short Novel Prize in 1982. Developing his craft patiently, while employed in the well-respected Beijing Film Studio and later the Beijing Children’s Film Studio, Liang is today one of China’s most popular writers...