"K" is a true story. Julian Bell, nephew of Virginia Woolf, was a teacher at Wuhan University 1935-1937. Shortly after he died as an ambulance driver in the Spanish civil war.
"K" presents China in a unique way. It is one step further back in time from "Daughter of the River", Hong Ying's autobiography . There we learn about the Big Leap into famine, and the consequences, from a sailor's family in the slums of Chungking, a family of obstinate women.
What if Julian Bell wanted to join the Chinese revolution, went into the mountains to find the Long March, and returned utterly disgusted? It's all based on facts and real events, says Hong Ying. What if you could read of a Chinese kamasutra, its applications, and its implications in the context of Chinese and English intellectual circles from the 1930s? This could be the most erotic and daring Chinese novel in a hundred years. There has been so much virtuos pretension, from the 1930s until now, so much fascination with Communist China. Recently the tens of millions who starved and disappeared are counted, but this book goes way back before 1949, and it is available in every bookstore in China. Read this, read "Daughter of the River" and other books by Hong Ying, read Jan Wong. You'll see China differently. And not only China.