Children playing during the start of the new school year in Shanghai, in 1964, after the Great Famine but before the Cultural Revolution. Picture: AFP

Human cost of Mao’s Great Famine and Cultural Revolution exposed in powerful novel

Xie Hong shows through the innocent eyes of a child how an unnamed but archetypal Chinese town is devastated by one of the worst catastrophes in China’s history, the Great Leap Forward

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Children playing during the start of the new school year in Shanghai, in 1964, after the Great Famine but before the Cultural Revolution. Picture: AFP
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