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Chinese Shadows
Chinese Shadows
By Simon Leys
Viking, 1977, 220 pp

Widely and deservedly praised, this is a special book, full of moral passion, amusing, eloquent, exhilarating, beautifully written, all in the Orwellian tradition. Leys, the pseudonym of a Belgian art historian and Sinologist, documents how years of military-bureaucratic repression have caused irreparable damage to the Chinese culture, spirit and society. This book will certainly find a permanent place in the literature of anti-totalitarianism, and it comes at a moment when the need for demystifying China is particularly urgent.