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
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

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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
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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