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Father Bosco to Africa

Walter Nash, 5 February 1987

The Red Men 
by Patrick McGinley.
Cape, 304 pp., £10.95, January 1987, 0 224 02386 1
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Chat Show 
by Terence de Vere White.
Gollancz, 207 pp., £9.95, January 1987, 0 575 03910 8
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Leaden Wings 
by Zhang Jie, translated by Gladys Yang.
Virgo, 180 pp., £9.95, January 1987, 0 86068 759 7
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Russian Novel 
by Edward Kuznetsov, translated by Jennifer Bradshaw.
Quartet, 285 pp., £12.95, January 1987, 0 7043 2522 5
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Richard Robertovich 
by Mark Frankland.
Murray, 216 pp., £9.95, January 1987, 0 7195 4330 4
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... of reality are systematically excluded is nothing new in Western literary theory, but – if Zhang Jie’s book is typical – might well be resisted, or simply not understood, in modern China. There is nothing ‘ludic’ about Leaden Wings: it is an essay in Socialist Realism. At the centre of the narrative is the Red Dawn Motor Works, a ...

Getting Rich

Pankaj Mishra: In Shanghai, 30 November 2006

... came to be known as the ‘Whore of Asia’, glow with old-fashioned glamour in Chinese cinema, in Zhang Yimou’s Shanghai Triad, or Chen Kaige’s Temptress Moon. But the corpses of thousands of the poor were collected every year from the pavements of the International Settlement. Today beggars approach you discreetly on the Bund, Shanghai’s embanked ...

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