Mao’s Sarcophagus and Other Constructions

In […] “The Crystal Sarcophagus” […] and the other tales in “The Dog,” [Jack] Livings demonstrates his virtuosity as a storyteller, his ability to immerse us instantly in the lives of his characters, to conjure the daily reality of the very different worlds they inhabit. He takes readers from the era of Mao’s Cultural Revolution to today’s Beijing, where derivative traders vie to rack up huge profits, from remote provinces where bus drivers tear around the mountains convinced that “speed gave you a survival advantage” in a head-on collision to the streets of the capital where the “swarms of bicyclists” are so thick it’s difficult to cross the street.


About caesarc2019

Cheryl Caesar lived in Paris, Tuscany and Sligo for 25 years; she earned her doctorate in comparative literature at the Sorbonne and taught literature and phonetics. She now teaches writing at Michigan State University. She gives readings locally and has published poems in Writers Resist and The Mark Literary Review; and Poetry Leaves, The Trinity Review, The Mojave River Review and Total Eclipse (forthcoming).
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