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Fanshen by David Hare is an accurate historical record of what once happened to a village about 200 km southwest of Beijing. Every revolution creates new words. For the Chinese revolution, it was ‘fanshen’ — literally, to turn the body or to turn over. For the landless and poverty-stricken villagers of Long Bow, it meant to stand up and throw off the landlord’s yoke and to gain land, stocks, implements, and houses. ‘Fanshen’ is the story of how the peasants of Long Bow built a new world.
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