In the midnight hour, she cries Mao, Mao, Mao
What could be a bigger turn-on than smashing to bits every single thing in the house that pictures Chairman Mao? Just such an iconoclasm ignites the fires of passion for two lovers in this sharp satire of life in 1960s China.
It’s a simple story. Wu Dawang, an ambitious but low-ranking house
servant for a Chinese-army division commander, enters a forbidden
affair with Liu Lian, the commander’s sexually frustrated wife. She
signals her availability at the altar of love by placing a small sign
bearing a Communist party slogan—Serve The People!—near Wu Dawang when
it’s time for services to begin.
No wonder this novel by a
prize-winning Chinese novelist was banned behind The Great Wall. Hot
sexual descriptions and a completely irreverent treatment of the cult
of Mao surely causes apoplexy among China’s autocratic leaders—that is,
if they’re not too preoccupied with that low-down, night-crawling,
fork-tongued, running-dog lackey of Western imperial aggression, The