Chinese author Mai Jia, whose best-selling novel The Message was recently translated in to English. Photo: Getty Images

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The Message, Mai Jia’s flawed wartime novel, can be read as disguised criticism of Chinese Communist rule

  • A fiction about the hunt for a spy among wartime codebreakers combines with a metafictional narrative about a writer looking for the story
  • The popularity of this bloated book is puzzling until it is read as a comment on the trauma of the Cultural Revolution
Topic |   Chinese authors
Chinese author Mai Jia, whose best-selling novel The Message was recently translated in to English. Photo: Getty Images
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