Articles By Lorenzo Andolfatto
Charges can and will be invented, when push comes to shove.
“I am the one who does not believe in anything or anyone any more. I am the common man.”
While Jia offered a unique cross section of a crucial turning point in Chinese history, the novel was also laced with such sappiness as to make it all but impossible to read for a modern reader weaned on postmodern irony and detachment.