Village in August

Village in August

Village in August

Village in August

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In the most sublime and stirring moments of history it often happens that a single novel or poem or essay manages to reveal, better than any straight factual ac- count can do, the heart of inner purpose of a period, or the source of power or decay working within a society to bring about its collapse or its regeneration. Uncle Tom's Cabin is an obvious example. Could we understand the French Revolution without Les Miserables or at least Voltaire, or the decline of the Spanish Empire without Don Quixote, or the Filipino's political awakening without Rizal great novel, The Social Cancer?

Village in August has won a place in such company. Its appearance coincided with, and helped to create, the political events which culminated in the union of the Chinese people for a common struggle against enslavement by Japan. It is incidentally the first contemporary Chinese novel to be translated into the English language --a fact in itself an adequate commentary on our past indifference to changes taking place over in Asia which were eventually to compel us to fight for our lives.

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