Jane Wong’s “The Loves of Mao” examines the price of love, loyalty, and groupthink in Cultural Revolution China. Jane is in China right now on a Fulbright, and was a Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference waiter the year before I was.
Zachary Mason, author of The author of The Lost Books of the Odyssey, and winner of the 4th Annual Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction, has a piece from his novel-in-progress, The Machine Edda. Zachary is a computer scientist and a follower of Borges. His Lost Books is a great book deserving of a much larger readership. It’s based on the conceit that there are lost, Dead Sea Scroll-like parchments of the Odyssey.
On Thursday, we’ll have fiction from PEN World Voices participant, Sasa Stanisic, from his upcoming Grove Press novel, How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone, translated by Anthea Bell.