Trams on Nanking Road in Shanghai in the 1930s, the city where Eileen Chang’s Half a Lifelong Romace is set. Photo: Corbis

Book review: Eileen Chang’s vivid recreation of life in China in the 1930s

Chang has long been considered one of the most influential modern Chinese writers, and in this new translation she shows her deep understanding of the tensions between society and self, duty and love

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Trams on Nanking Road in Shanghai in the 1930s, the city where Eileen Chang’s Half a Lifelong Romace is set. Photo: Corbis
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