Thursday, March 13, 2008

Are we a bookshop?

...erm, yes.

I'm reading Eileen Chang at the minute. Not Lust Caution. Love in a Fallen City.

Set in the 1930's and 1940's I am fast discovering that I know pretty much nothing about China. How have I managed to collect so many stereotyped views about the Chinese?

The stories also put me in mind of writers such as Stephan Zweig and Joseph Roth. Where they wrote about the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Chang chronicles the passing of the Qing dynasty through the fragile republican era and into the early days of the Communist Revolution. Laden with nostalgia and yet buzzing with the excitememnt change brings, Chang's stories are full of surprises and well worth a look.

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