"Chinese bookstores are stacked with signs of change, suggesting a readership often on the same page as Westerners, yet also reflecting a distinct and evolving national character.
It’s fascinating to imagine what Mao Zedong (1893–1976) might make of 21st-century Nanjing, with its modernistic high-rises, colorful styles, and sprawling bustle. The city’s bookstores, in particular, would likely surprise him with their independence and variety. Xianfeng Shudian, or Vanguard Books, my favorite bookshop, would be startling down to its décor. The walls sport photographs of experimental Western writers like James Joyce, the kind of authors dismissed as decadent and bourgeois in the 1960s and ’70s, when the only foreign novelists deemed worthy were those with unimpeachable political credentials." <read article>
Also, read a review in Hemispheres Magazine on China's Brave New World.