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Edmund Gordon: ‘How Much of These Hills Is Gold’, 22 April 2021

How Much of These Hills Is Gold 
by C. Pam Zhang.
Virago, 336 pp., £8.99, April, 978 0 349 01145 5
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... Didn’t I tell you,’ a character asks halfway through C. Pam Zhang’s first novel, How Much of These Hills Is Gold, ‘that you should always ask why a person is telling you their story?’ In a series of essays and interviews around the time of the book’s publication, Zhang tried to explain why she was telling this one ...

Lobsters do not have eyelashes!

Joanna Biggs: Nell Freudenberger, 8 February 2007

The Dissident 
by Nell Freudenberger.
Picador, 427 pp., £14.99, March 2007, 978 0 330 49343 7
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... The photo, taken by Rong Rong, is called East Village, Beijing, No 20, 1994 and records the hour Zhang Huan spent in a public toilet in 100º heat, covered in honey and fish sauce. Freudenberger notes that a series of 16 prints by Rong Rong and his wife, the Japanese artist Inri, recently sold for $100,000. But she cannot do what she came to do, which was to ...

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