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I was able to borrow a copy of this book through and inter library loan and skimmed through it in a weekend How sad to read of the destruction of centuries of culture and history by the Maoists. @Download Pdf ⚜ Chinese Shadows õ The second of Leys s trilogy on China s Cultural Revolution, describing the cultural and political upheaval under Mao s regime and expressing criticism of its Western supporters Not very enticing at first, but will give someone a superficial view of the Maoist China and the impact of the Cultural Revolution. a disturbing look at Mao s China No aprendo Cada vez que veo una novela que recoge la experiencia viajando por China de un extranjero me siento atraido por el deseo de contrastar y comparar experiencias Soy consciente, y m s si el viaje del autor se da en la China mao sta, de que entro en terreno peligroso, pero me armo de valor y me lanzo a la piscina Cu l es el problema Que la piscina est llena de guijarros de orientalismo y pinchos de propaganda pol tica.Si le pongo 3 estrellas, y no menos, es porque entre el sopor fer No aprendo Cada vez que veo una novela que recoge la experiencia viajando por China de un extranjero me siento atraido por el deseo de contrastar y comparar experiencias Soy consciente, y m s si el viaje del autor se da en la China mao sta, de que entro en terreno peligroso, pero me armo de valor y me lanzo a la piscina Cu l es el problema Que la piscina est llena de guijarros de orientalismo y pinchos de propaganda pol tica.Si le pongo 3 estrellas, y no menos, es porque entre el sopor fero panfleto pol tico de Sim n Leys asoman algunos discretos p rrafos y cap tulos interesantes que apartan la cuesti n pol tica y se centra en los temas de los que el autor es experto arte chino Sin profundizar demasiado en el tema, Leys reflexiona acerca de la censura de la revoluci n cultural y la desfiguraci n de las ciudades y sus monumentos que dan una perspectiva amplia de un periodo del que es dif cil encontrar visiones extranjeras I can only paint shadows, and is it not in their very nature to be weightless Beneath this welcoming veneer lies, unchanged, a harsh and dour reality, the reality I saw before most of its present cosmetics had been applied and foreigners who had stayed in Peking two or three years before me had seen it in the raw ghastly diplomatic ghetto There is quite a stock of these touching and funny anecdotes it would be amusing to collect them Here, since the travelers know nothing, nothing s I can only paint shadows, and is it not in their very nature to be weightless Beneath this welcoming veneer lies, unchanged, a harsh and dour reality, the reality I saw before most of its present cosmetics had been applied and foreigners who had stayed in Peking two or three years before me had seen it in the raw ghastly diplomatic ghetto There is quite a stock of these touching and funny anecdotes it would be amusing to collect them Here, since the travelers know nothing, nothing surprises them Who can guarantee that one of these days they will not convert this mystical place into a Monument to Sino Albanian Friendship, a Permanent Exhibition of Imperialist Atrocities, a Coney Island of the Class Struggle Some practices that were in vogue during the Cultural Revolution have been discouraged speed contests in reciting the Quotations some champions could give them not only in the right order, but also backward and Quotation Calisthenics where movements followed not a tune, but quotations from Chairman Mao bend the arm on this phrase, flex the legs on that one, and so on are out of favor now Air travel in China is full of unexpected charms, but if one is in a hurry, better take the train The charm of air travel apart from the apple or the banana sometimes both that one gets during the flight is that one never knows when one will depart of when one will arrive, or even where one will land The element of surprise, nay adventure, give back to air travel some of its former romance In the same way, this insignificant granitic phallus receives all its enormous significance from the blasphemous stupidity of its location The vast boulevards call to mind the false airports which cargo cult devotees in New Guinea hack out of the jungle in the hope that this will persuade their gods to send planes full of treasure one is sometimes tempted to believe that the building of the Autobahns, now used only by a few dismal cyclists or donkey carts, might similarly be part of a magic ritual, as if miles of macadam might generate the sudden appearance of hordes of hooting, stinking, triumphant cars simultaneously the nightmare of the consumer society and dream of the socialist one the city has been destroyed not under the pressure of existing traffic, but in prevision of traffic yet to come The hotel for foreigners in Tientsin is worth the journey This monstrous and gloomy construction, a relic of the imperialist era, is usually empty an army of idle servants yawns and naps along the corridors So there I went a small factory with about a hundred workmen sculpting billiard balls, polishing seashells, and gluing fake ostrich feathers on plastic objects, making out of a bewildering variety of sickening materials huge quantities of trinkets depicting Chairman Mao surrounded by peasants, soldiers and workers, Souvenirs of Yenan, and Greetings from Shaoshan In the nightmare of its endless corridors, the weight of its triple velvet curtains, the perpetual gloom of its vast lounges filled with gray covered furniture, I could feel almost physically the permanent presence of the man whom Osip Mandelstam paying for it with his life called the hillman in the Kremlin the wide chested Ossete This museum has been twinned There are two identical sections, completely and entirely alike in all respects All the objects to be seen have been made in two sets, so thatvisitors can be accommodated at the same time For instance, the duck pond is not an ordinary duck pond but the duck pond where Chairman Mao used to swim when he was a boy the meadow that appears to the ordinary visitor to be a common pasture is the pasture to which Chairman Mao led the cows And so on Instead of our death ghettoes, our corpse quarters, here the whole earth is a vast and welcoming cemetery This is a good example of Chinese pragmatism rather than have to write and rewrite the history of the party, according to purges and successive crises as the Russians do , better not write it at all As always, in China, individual thoughtfulness and subtlety victoriously counterbalance the stupidity and obscurantism of the system Their conversations are suspect they talk about gastronomy and fashions these maneuvers go on until the day when Chen lays open their evil ways in a striking wall inscription entitled What Is Concealed by Candy and Cigarettes After the man as small cog in the machine Lei Feng , here we have the man as match Existentialism is an expression of the corrupt decadence and despairing pessimism of the monopolistic bourgeois class in the imperialist period such splendid orderliness In cities one can still distinguish between four pocket men in jeeps, four pocket men in black limousines with curtains, and four pocket men who have black limousines with curtains and a jeep in front the outer darkness The Peoples Daily may well give you the solution to a certain problem, but it also gives the opposite solution to the same problem at a different time their denials are contradicted by reality fat cows and lean cows follow each other in a seasonal rhythm Sometimes a copy can be located in a Chinese bookshop, but then it is kept in a special glass case, locked of course, offered to the curious public somewhat like a two headed calf pickled in formaldehyde and shown off in a glass bottleBookshops have completely changed their interior layout they are now set up like pharmacies, with a counter between the customers and the shelves On those shelves, which only attendants can reach, only a few dozen titles are displayed, and since the shop must appear to be full with even that scant choice, books are put flat on the shelves, in lines, with the same title endlessly repeated, like sardine cans or tins of peas in a supermarket As for the writer, he is sitting on a melting iceberg he is merely an anachronism, a hangover from the bourgeois age, as surely doomed as the hippopotamus George Orwell In this field, I have assembled a long, dismaying, mind boggling collection of anecdotes We scrutinize slides of innumerable microscopes and simulate polite interest in the unintelligible swarming patterns marked the twilight Note that since the beginning of the Revolution in Education students are not called students xuesheng any, but studiers xueyuan , on the model of butcher, baker, candlestickmaker and the Papaoshan cemetery which appears to be abandoned still bears the marks of that violence Many steles are pushed over and broken, some painted rod or smeared with tar, and pieces of stone are lying about on the ground Dictionary of idees recues applying Flaubert s method, one could compile and enormous volume of the expressions that make up the wooden language of Maoist ideology The people s struggles are always fearless and victorious The Albanian, Vietnamese, etc., masses are always heroic the Rumanians, Zambians, etc., are always fraternal In his public appearances, Mao always shows a pink and radiant face, and the sigh of him invariable fills onlookers with feelings of shining love and boundless enthusiasm The Chinese Communist Party is, of course, great, glorious, and infallible the class enemy, ever watchful, must be exposed without pity The adversary s designs, always shameful, must be opposed resolutely his crimes are odious and unforgivable The successes of building up of socialism are prodigious, immense, always greater in case of failure, one speaks only of new or growing success The Red Guards were indignant that red could be used to mean stop in traffic control procedures, and during the Cultural Revolution they suggested that signals be inverted according to them, the revolutionary traffic should stop on the green, and proceed forward on the red Still, under this too perfect mimicry of a quiet provincial parish fifty years ago with paper flowers and painted plaster Sacred Hearts there lurks something murky, something perhaps even rather horrible an acquired, deliberate ugliness, which becomes in some way shrill Chou is the only member of China s ruling clique who has never taken advantage of his position to have his poems published Think about it it shows uncommon strength of character Exoticism is not dead At the turn of the century, during his dreamy Asiatic dilly dallying, Pierre Loti was entranced by the sight of pale blobs, exquisitely fringed with purple, in the dark arch of a yamen they turned out to be a string of cut off human hands the little girls, or boys, whom be bought here and there to while away the speen of an Oriental night amused him with their chatter of lovebirds and their painted faces reminiscent of dwarfs painted on folding screens macadam wastes confusionism