Red Dust: A Path Through China

Ma Jian

Brilliantly written travel writing by a Chinese “dropout” from the system in the early ’80s. The society has changed a lot since then, of course, but the countrside is eternal, as are the people themselves. Ma Jian’s greatest gift, though, is his fantastic sense of humor.
“Dad, why do we have a picture of Chairman Mao, but no picture of the Communist Party?”
And his Dad says, “Because the Communist Party isn’t human, stupid child.”

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