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.

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