Eileen Chang, introduction by Perry Link
QuotesAn unrelenting portrait of love and loss in Maoist China… . Chang develops a tragic wartime romance that leaves readers with a painfully clear picture of just how deeply Mao’s reign scarred her native country.
[A] brutal, powerful look at the cost the Maoist regime exacted on even those who perpetuated it.
—Kristine Huntley, Booklist
Chang’s novel is a searing portrait of the absurd and frequently brutal elements of life, love, and war in Maoist China.
——James Yeh, Vice
There is no doubt about the compassionate quality of the novel, the purity of its language, and the metaphorical richness of its imagery.
The novel shines… . It’s telling that it ends on a personal note rather than on a political one. Chang’s description of small compromises and grand despair are both affecting and compelling.
Praise for Love in a Fallen City (NYRB Classics)
Chang’s powerful, cruel tales are usually without a vestige of tenderness or redemptive faith, but the existential hell in which they unfold is luxuriously furnished and full of sensuous temptations.
A major rediscovery.
She expertly burdens her characters with failed dreams and stifled possibilities, leads them to push aside the heavy curtains of family and convention, and then shows them a yawning emptiness. Their different responses are brilliantly underplayed and fascinating.