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The Moon Opera

by Bi Feiyu

In less than 130 pages, this remarkable novel includes a complete look at Chinese Opera, an unusual view of modern China and, not least, an examination of destructive ambition that I will remember for a long time. Should be read.

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This was so much better. Now Chunlai could take her place. Chunlai was her second self. As long as Chunlai gained the fame she deserved, Yanqiu's lifework could be passed down through her. As these thoughts coursed through her mind, she felt she'd shed a heavy burden; the pressure and the gloom in her heart vanished. Give it up, give it up completely.
Translated by Howard Goldblatt

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