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"Each time a book landed in the bonfire,
     it would lay there for a moment,
     perfectly still.

Then, suddenly, it would start trembling,
     stand on its end and begin to totter
     as the heat turned the pages."

The Cultural Revolution had begun.
     While the others enthusiastically joined
     in the burning ceremony,
     Sansan's friend just stood there,
     immobile, watching..."

     © 1992 by Chen Danyan
         (written originally in Chinese,
         translated into German by B. Wang)

     © 1995 Verlag Nagel & Kimche AG, Zurich
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