By Lihe Zhong
Though he lived such a lot of his existence in rural South Taiwan, Zhong Lihe spent numerous years in Manchuria and Peking, relocating between an eclectic mixture of ethnicities, social sessions, and cultures. His fictional pictures spread on jap battlefields and in Peking slums, in addition to within the distant, impoverished hill-country villages and farms of his local Hakka districts. His scenic descriptions are deft and atmospheric, and his mental explorations are acute. the 1st anthology to provide his paintings in English, this quantity positive aspects novellas, ten brief tales, and 4 brief prose works.
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