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Two Kinds of Truth : Stories and Reportage from China

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The most distinguished Chinese journalist of the past fifty years, Liu Binyan has earned the sobriquet "China's conscience." Between 1956 and 1987, there were nine years during which the Communist Party of China allowed Liu to write the truth as he saw it. Expelled from the Party in 1957, later re-admitted and expelled again, he has lived in exile since 1988. He has continued indefatigably to read, think, and write about his beloved China: the saga of its modern history, the moral wasteland of its present condition, and its place in the global order. In Two Kinds of Truth Liu reflects on these issues and turns his incisive intellect to such topics as the unseen consequences of the Cold War, the roots of global terrorism, and whether "socialism with a human face" is possible. This volume reprints the 1983 collection People or Monsters? and offers four new essays and a lengthy interview with Perry Link.show more

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 20mm | 449.06g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253218616
  • 9780253218612

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"... These historic pieces illuminate China's present social dyspepsia, beyond all differences between socialism and capitalism... Highly recommended. All readers; all levels." -Choice "In People or Monsters? Liu develops a very perceptive analysis of the communist system where the monopoly of the Party allows cadres to establish networks through which they enact absolute power, ending up in absolute corruption... By republishing this anthology, Perry Link helps attract attention to this writer who played such an important role in the 1980s and who, to this day, has not found a successor in China." -China Quarterlyshow more

About Binyan Liu

Liu Binyan left school after ninth grade for lack of tuition money. He continued to read, taught himself Russian, joined the Communist Party underground in 1943, and eventually emerged as 20th-century China's leading investigative journalist.Perry Link is Professor of East Asian Studies at Princeton University. His most recent book is The Uses of Literature: Life in the Socialist Chinese Literary System.show more

Table of contents

Editor's NoteAn Interview with Liu Binyan Perry LinkPart I. Speech to the Congress of Literature and Art WorkersListen Carefully to the Voice of the People Translated by Kyna RubinPart II. ReportagePeople or Monsters? Translated by James V. FeinermanSound Is Better than Silence Translated by Michael S. DukeThe Second Kind of Loyalty Translated By Richard W. BodmanReport on a Void Investigation Translated by Perry LinkPart III. FictionWarning Translated by Madelyn RossThe Fifth Man in the Overcoat Translated by John S. RohsenowPart IV. Review EssaysAn Unnatural Disaster Translated by Perry LinkA Great Leap Backward? Translated by Perry LinkContributorsshow more

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