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holyman

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seriously speaking, chinese had no literature in the first 80yrs of the last century except those by lu'xun. the rest are mostly political propagandas. only after the 80s, when people start to refute the cultural revolution, then there are literature in the 'true' sense, they didn't write to 'educate' people or 'reflect the truth' or 'promote certain ideology'. they write just bcos they want to write.

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seriously speaking' date=' chinese had no literature in the first 80yrs of the last century except those by lu'xun. the rest are mostly political propagandas. only after the 80s, when people start to refute the cultural revolution, then there are literature in the 'true' sense, they didn't write to 'educate' people or 'reflect the truth' or 'promote certain ideology'. they write just bcos they want to write.[/quote']

That's a very broad statement. There were a lot of interesting authors that wrote during your period of "political propagandas" including Bo Yang in Taiwan. Don't discount communist-era literature just because of the contraints put upon it by the censors. Wang Meng is still an interesting writer although he was high up in the CCP hierarchy at the time, and he was even eventually denounced.

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ok, i missed out taiwan... my bad. mainland authors alone, most if not all of them followed a certain template for writing, according to the 'differentiation of society classes' or something, by old mao. in the stories there are always landlords, rich peasants, poor peasants and poorer-than-poor peasants, workers, capitalists etc. their ending will coincide with the ending mao had written for them in this little piece of his writing. its just that some followed it without much coverups while other did a better job that leave no traces. but if one is to classify each character according to his social class, one can guess the ending for everybody without going thru much of the story. typical example, 'midnight' by mao'dun and 'the thunderstorm' by cao'yu. then earlier one is 'teahouse' by lao'she. even 'the family' followed that line.

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seriously speaking' date=' chinese had no literature in the first 80yrs of the last century except those by lu'xun. the rest are mostly political propagandas. only after the 80s, when people start to refute the cultural revolution, then there are literature in the 'true' sense, they didn't write to 'educate' people or 'reflect the truth' or 'promote certain ideology'. they write just bcos they want to write.[/quote']

Well, what about Ba Jin, Guo Muoro, Wen Yiduo, Cheng Zhongshu and many others? Have you heard of them?

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