A village in the Shanghai suburbs. Picture: AFP A village in the Shanghai suburbs. Picture: AFP
A village in the Shanghai suburbs. Picture: AFP

Review |
Loss and lies in modern China explored in Jan-Philipp Sendker’s rich and resonant novel

With its well-drawn Hong Kong and China locations and its unobtrusive symbolism, German writer’s book The Language of Solitude addresses unspoken depths in contemporary Chinese society

A village in the Shanghai suburbs. Picture: AFP A village in the Shanghai suburbs. Picture: AFP
A village in the Shanghai suburbs. Picture: AFP
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