"Each time a book landed in the bonfire,
it would lay there for a moment,
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,
© 1992 by Chen Danyan
(written originally in Chinese,
translated into German by B. Wang)
Verlag Nagel & Kimche AG, Zurich