By Liao Yiwu, the author of God Is Red and The Corpse Walker. This essay was translated by Wen Huang from the Chinese (THE NEW YORK TIMES, 15/09/11):
Yunnan province, in southwestern China, has long been the exit point for Chinese who yearn for a new life outside the country. There, one can sneak out of China by land, passing through pristine forests, or one can go by water, floating all the way down the Lancang River until it becomes the Mekong, which meanders into Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
So each time I set foot there, in a land where red soil gleams in the sun, I turned restless; my imagination ran wild.… Seguir leyendo »