“A purified nonfiction narrative…to illuminate the world…”

Marvellous book, marvellous writing…

Tom Sigafoos

annie dillardIn her introduction to Encounters with Chinese Writers, Annie Dillard writes, “These are only glimpses, not portraits; their subject is not China, and not even entirely Chinese writers, but a few vivid, equivocal moments in the days of some of earth’s people in the twentieth century. What interests me here, and elsewhere, is the possibility for a purified nonfiction narration – a kind of Chekhovian storytelling which might illuminate the actual world with a delicate light – coupled with humor in the American tradition and no comment.”

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