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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.

17 Mar 2015 - 8:48PM

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.

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