ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Always Up to Date

 Always Up to Date Catherine Parsons Wind in the Tower: Mao Tse-tung and the Chinese Revolution, 1949-1975 by Han Suyin; London, 1976. HE had not yet died when this volume was published, and Teng Hsiao-ping was not yet enthroned as an official 'swindler' who failed to come to grips with the dialectics of revolution; his further rehabilitation was even remote? in time. The carousel was moving at a dazzling speed. The second volume of the Chairman's life that takes up the story from 1949 stutters under difficult circumstances to 'explain' the tormented shifts in China's recent history, but which perhaps reveals the less tormented shifts in the author's mind. Her heroes come and go; but what lives on for Han Suyin are the present forces in power who are always legitimate: the big battalions.

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