Empires of Dust, by Jiang Zilong, follows the life of one man, Guo Cunxian, whose trajectory mirrors that of China’s, as it journeys from the Cultural Revolution to vast riches. Photo: Alamy

Empires of Dust: Jiang Zilong’s epic study of progress in China is engrossing, if exhausting

  • The father of ‘reform literature’ does not disappoint, with his latest novel being huge in scale, ambition and word count
  • What gives the novel its greatness is how Jiang shuttles between the panoramic and the intimately human
Topic |   Chinese authors

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Empires of Dust, by Jiang Zilong, follows the life of one man, Guo Cunxian, whose trajectory mirrors that of China’s, as it journeys from the Cultural Revolution to vast riches. Photo: Alamy
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Edited by Ken Liu, Broken Stars compiles 16 Chinese science-fiction stories from writers including Xia Jia, Regina Kanyu Wang, Zhang Ran and Han Song. Photo: Shutterstock

Broken Stars: Ken Liu’s new anthology of 16 rising Chinese science fiction writers

  • The collection features 14 writers, including Regina Kanyu Wang, Xia Jia and Han Song
  • The stories explore time travel, prophecy, love, madness, family, nature and the apocalypse
Topic |   Books and Literature

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Edited by Ken Liu, Broken Stars compiles 16 Chinese science-fiction stories from writers including Xia Jia, Regina Kanyu Wang, Zhang Ran and Han Song. Photo: Shutterstock
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