Seeing with Dragonfly Eyes

Novels like Dragonfly Eyes and the acclaimed Cao/Wang title Bronze and Sunflowerā€”also set during the Cultural Revolution, in the countrysideā€”show hopeful struggle amid tragedies playing out in a past so vivid, it could be now. Which is why we need it now. We need its way of storytelling and seeing.

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Look How Far the Sun Fell

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Bathwater swallowed the tube with a nervous plop and the ripples lapped gently at Yasiā€™s stiffening chest. The once comforting smell of tobacco was swiftly replaced by the tang of burning hair and he could not fight through the powerful clench of his jaws to scream…

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