Red Hot ReadMoe4/07/08 5:20pmFiled to: serve the peopleChinaBooksyan lianke30EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkRare is the occasion on which I read things that don't have ads, but I'm excerpting an actual book for you today because Chinese repression and forbidden love (oh, also, existential torment!) are in the news, and Serve The People, newly out in paperback, was banned there with the warning, THIS NOVEL SLANDERS MAO ZEDONG, THE ARMY, AND IS OVERFLOWING WITH SEX. It tells the story of Wu Dawang, a soldier who finds himself working as a sort of slave boy in the house of a powerful division commander who happens to be impotent and his bored wife, who points at a propaganda sign that says "Serve The People" whenever she wants him to come upstairs and fuck her. They have a lot of sex and eat a lot of food and deface a lot of Cultural Revolution propaganda in a very short time, but it can't last, and Wu ends up a defeated, broken, bad-skinned shell of a man living in a place where the odds of a single dude getting laid are sort of like mine in New York. It's supposed to be some sort of satirical takedown of China under Mao, and while it's hard not to think Wu would have been better off never having all this hot counterrevolutionary sex, at least, in a free society, when we are hard up we can read trashy novels. Click the pic for some passages.