Red Guards brandish the copies of Mao Zedong’s Little Red Book at a rally in Beijing, in 1966. Photo: AFP
Red Guards brandish the copies of Mao Zedong’s Little Red Book at a rally in Beijing, in 1966. Photo: AFP

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In My Old Home, academic Orville Schell turns to fiction to make sense of China’s Cultural Revolution

  • Orville Schell structures the book as a bildungsroman that follows protagonist Little Li’s journey from innocence to experience
  • Historical interjections and a commitment to translation give the sense of an expert unwilling to entirely yield his mantle to his story and characters

Red Guards brandish the copies of Mao Zedong’s Little Red Book at a rally in Beijing, in 1966. Photo: AFP
Red Guards brandish the copies of Mao Zedong’s Little Red Book at a rally in Beijing, in 1966. Photo: AFP
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