China in Ten Words by Yu Hua

May 02, 2020 by Philippe, 4 minute read time

Relatively unknown in the United States, Yu Hua is one of the most respected novelists in China. Nevertheless, he elected not to publish this part-memoir, part-cultural critique in his homeland. Each of the 10 chapters turns on a single significant word. Yu’s first-person accounts of the Cultural Revolution are riveting, but his revelations of present-day corruption are equally compelling. His book provides profound insight into the workings of contemporary China.

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