Fiction (Short stories)
Wild Cat: Stories of the Cultural Revolution
Dunvegan, Ont.: Cormorant Books, 1990.
If you want to know about Tienanmen, read about its roots in the so-called ‘Cultural Revolution’, where the full force of authority crashed down on the heads of innocent Chinese, particularly professionals, artists, and intellectuals. Meet Wild Cat, a natural storyteller and con man, who manages to enchant and exploit his avid listeners in the village, but not to avoid the hand of fate.
Jia-lin Peng is a witness and survivor of that terrible period in Chinese history and his stories, while moderated by wit, humour and engaging human detail, capture the complexities of life in this world of denunciation, betrayal, and violence, where the possession of an English typewriter is enough to guarantee imprisonment or death.