I've read this and enjoyed it pretty well.
Question: is this a historical novel or is it a non-fiction novel?
I'm sure certain aspect of it are fictionalized, i.e. completely untrue to history; but I imagine the same can be said of In Cold Blood. It doesn't seem right to call it historical since it was begun during events the author was present at.
By the way, Sterling, you said you'd never read In Cold Blood. I avoided it for years, suspicious of the whole non-fiction novel business, but I really enjoyed it.
The introduction discussed issues of translation, particularly about the title. Even before reading that, the title bugged me. I thought of The Downtrodden. I think it sounds good, but I'm not sure it's right.
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