Review: Love in a Fallen City

Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang

I don’t quite remember how Love in a Fallen City came to me—I want to pin this on Eva, but I can’t be sure. But this collection of novellas sounded quite interesting, and I’ve rarely read anything set in China, let alone written by the celebrated Eileen Chang (whose name you might also see Romanticized Ai-ling Chang or Aileen Zhang), who wrote during the Second World War and the rise of the Communist Party in China. I normally don’t read novellas, but I decided, after the fantasy burnout of December ’10, it was time to pick up something completely new to me.

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