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

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

Simon Leys, the biography: Being right too soon is the worst way of being wrong


From Leys' The Chairman’s New Clothes: Mao and the Cultural Revolution:

The author of this work…was impelled—by the weight of evidence thrown up in the texts, facts and personal accounts which assailed him daily in Hong Kong throughout the years of the “Cultural Revolution”—to cry out, like the child in the fairy story, “But the Emperor has no clothes!”


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