L'Affaire (review)

L'Affaire (review) land. The Nationalists enjoy the support of their American captors. The Nationalists' brutal treatment of the Communists--culminating in a startling scene of murder--seems almost unbelievable, yet it is a matter of history proving stranger than fiction. In an afterward that includes a twopage bibliography, the author assures us that the details are true. Ha Jin privileges his story with a narrator who's a free thinker-- something rare under Chinese Communist rule. As a translator and a political pawn, Yu Yuan is able to shift through the ranks of deadly enemies, caught between extremist ideologues. Not a Party member himself, he wants to return to the mainland to see his mother and his fiancée, who finally abandons him because he is politically suspect. Shanmin, an illiterate boy whom Yu Yuan tutors, provides a touching aside and perhaps a glimpse of autobiography. Shanmin discovers in himself a self-imposed thirst for knowledge. Ha Jin himself served in the People's Liberation Army at a time when the schools were shut down. He could barely read Chinese as a teenager, but he eventually passed the entrance exams when the universities were reopened. He came to the U.S. to further his studies of American http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Missouri Review University of Missouri

L'Affaire (review)

The Missouri Review, Volume 27 (3)

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land. The Nationalists enjoy the support of their American captors. The Nationalists' brutal treatment of the Communists--culminating in a startling scene of murder--seems almost unbelievable, yet it is a matter of history proving stranger than fiction. In an afterward that includes a twopage bibliography, the author assures us that the details are true. Ha Jin privileges his story with a narrator who's a free thinker-- something rare under Chinese Communist rule. As a translator and a political pawn, Yu Yuan is able to shift through the ranks of deadly enemies, caught between extremist ideologues. Not a Party member himself, he wants to return to the mainland to see his mother and his fiancée, who finally abandons him because he is politically suspect. Shanmin, an illiterate boy whom Yu Yuan tutors, provides a touching aside and perhaps a glimpse of autobiography. Shanmin discovers in himself a self-imposed thirst for knowledge. Ha Jin himself served in the People's Liberation Army at a time when the schools were shut down. He could barely read Chinese as a teenager, but he eventually passed the entrance exams when the universities were reopened. He came to the U.S. to further his studies of American

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