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Book review: Bad-boy novelist Han Han’s essays about being a troublemaker in China before Xi Jinping came to power

2 months ago
Sky Canaves
English-language readers will immediately see why Mr. Han has earned the respect of many Chinese reformers: He says what’s been deemed unsayable, targeting unscrupulous Communist Party leaders and complaining about censorship, status consciousness and abuse of power," writes Julian B. Gewirtz.
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.