IN THE REVIEW

Past Imperfect

One Day in China: May 21, 1936

translated, edited, and introduced by Sherman Cochran and Andrew C.K. Hsieh, with Janis Cochran
What we have here, resurrected, condensed, and translated into English, is a long-buried collection of short pieces about how things were in China on a certain arbitrarily chosen day forty-seven years ago, May 21, 1936. The original work was produced by the late Mao Dun, then already a leading figure …