Nixon’s Nose by Xiaoda Xiao

Guernica, an online magazine of art and politics, has published a noteworthy short story in their June edition.  Entitled Nixon’s Nose by Xiaoda Xiao, it’s a bleak tale of absurdity in a Chinese prison camp during the Cultural Revolution.  A camp prisoner dreams one night of Mao Zedong sitting down with Richard Nixon and signing an order releasing the nation’s political prisoners.  Consequences ensue.

It’s a worthwhile read, short and straightforward.  It won’t leave you feeling good, but it does provide a snapshot of a horrible time and place in China’s history.

The full story is here.

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