Bold novelist who told China’s story as he saw it – Jane Macartney

From Times Online:

BA JIN, one of China’s most acclaimed novelists best known for his early works that exposed the evils of feudal family life, has died in Shanghai after a battle with cancer and Parkinson’s disease. He was 100.

His life spanned the end of the last imperial dynasty, warlords, Nationalists, war, the communist takeover and the chaos of the ultra-leftists’ Cultural Revolution. He was the sole survivor of the first generation of authors to write in the vernacular rather than in formal classical Chinese.

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