A 1966 poster depicts Red Guards dispatching anti-revolutionary forces during the Cultural Revolution. Picture: AFP

A Chinese Papillon: the true story of a man who escaped Mao’s labour camps

Xu Hongci is one of a tiny number of escapees from the prison camps of Maoist China; his autobiography has been translated into English from the Chinese original, published by Hong Kong bookseller Lee Bo in 2008

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A 1966 poster depicts Red Guards dispatching anti-revolutionary forces during the Cultural Revolution. Picture: AFP
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