W. Meng - The Butterfly and Other Stories

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Men, W. The Butterfly and Other Stories. China, 1983. Panda books, 239 p.
Condition: good.

A very interesting and unique insight into what Communist China, and it's coming to an end, was really like. Wang Meng's stories, compared to other works I've read from the era, are miles ahead in containing actual literary talent and ability to create characters with personality (unlike the painfully simple characters in other author's works). I think The Newcomer in the Organisation Department is in fact the most interesting story as well as best written out of the lot. From that, The Butterfly was okay but takes a bit of time to get into, while the rest are generally average but nothing particularly specia