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Book review: The Four Books – biting satire offers some hope

Yan Lianke takes the reality of degradation, starvation and humiliation in a Chinese labour camp following Mao Zedong's disastrous Great Leap Forward and twists them into a satirical tale about abuse of power and the vicious survivalist psychology of people who have been robbed of their moral and intellectual compass.

Yan Lianke takes the reality of degradation, starvation and humiliation in a Chinese labour camp following Mao Zedong's disastrous Great Leap Forward and twists them into a satirical tale about abuse of power and the vicious survivalist psychology of people who have been robbed of their moral and intellectual compass.

17 Mar 2015 - 8:48PM