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Masterpieces of Modern Chinese Fiction 1919 - 1949 Paperback – August 26, 2004
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I started reading these stories -- Chinese dramatic fiction in translation about farmers and other working classes in China struggling against nationalists, foreign invaders, and ruling classes during the first half of the 20th century. The stories are poignant and nicely written. And yes, as promised by the publisher here, each story comes with a nice short biography of the author of each short story.
I didn't read in order - just picked whichever story looked interesting, and got through about five of them.
I began to wonder, though, when on the one hand, every story led to Communism being what would save the poor people in the stories, and on the other hand, every author biography spoke of how the author became someone famous in the Communist Party after the Revolution, which revolution ostensibly cured all the ills described in the stories.
Then I looked at the original publishing house -- Foreign Languages Press of Beijing China. It's the official government publishing house. So no surprise, then, what position this series of stories would take. If you must choose this book as your choice of Chinese fiction, read it with your eyes open - open to its propaganda purpose.