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人民到底需不需要桑拿 (lit. Do the People Really Need Saunas?)

Short story by Zhu Wen.

This tale, of a retired man who undertakes a survey of the city's saunas in an effort to determine whether or not the people really need so many of them, is one of the most charming pieces Zhu Wen has ever written. Despite his hipster street cred, Zhu Wen proves himself capable of getting into the mind of an elderly but lovable curmudgeon.

Original Publications:

人民到底需不需要桑拿 Shaanxi Normal University Press 2000, January (Mainland China)

Collected In:

达马的语气 Zhu Wen multiple