In Waves, the poet Bei Dao turns to fiction, recording the painful years of the Cultural Revolution and its aftermath. Avoiding polemics, his attention is on individuals swept up in the turbulent political tides of contemporary China.
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13 Happiness Street arette asked Bai Hua Bei Dao Beijing breath cigarette cold corner crying Cultural Revolution dark desk door drink everything eyes face Fafa Fan Guandong Fang Cheng Fat Wu feel fell fingers gaze girl glass hair hand head heart Jianping Jintian Lanlan laughed leaned light lips live look Mama Manzi miaow miaow moon mouth never night nodded Number opened Papa past Public Security Bureau pulled road shadow Shanxi shook shoulder shouted sighed silence sitting slowly smile smoke someone sound standing staring stood stopped Suddenly sunlight talking tears tell there's thing tomorrow took trees Uncle Lin voice waiting walked wall Wang Defa Waves What's white poplars wind window Xiao Ling Yang Xun YangXun Yin Jie young Yuanyuan Zhang