“You’re stepping on my shadow, please back off,” she said.

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

Interview with Helen Wang: Bronze and Sunflower

http://www.playingbythebook.net/2015/04/27/an-interview-with-the-translator-of-bronze-and-sunflower-by-cao-wenxuan/

Although set in rural China during the Cultural Revolution Bronze and Sunflower has a timeless quality about it; yes, there are references to Cadre schools (a feature of the Cultural Revolution) but nevertheless it felt as if this story could have been set in almost any time period. It has a folktale-like quality in its focus on simple everyday events and challenges. The ingenuity of Bronze, the determination of his entire family to provide the best they can for Sunflower, and the fierce love between adoptive brother and sister are moving and enchanting.

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