Digital Archive for Chinese Studies Leiden Division
Yan Lianke - Serve the People
In the January/Febrary 2005 issue of the literary bimonthly magazine Hua Cheng (花城), the novel Serve the People (为人民服务) by Yan Lianke (阎连科) was published. However, the issue got censured and all copies were confiscated, because the novel contains descriptions of Mao Zedong's portrait being defaced. The novel soon found its way to the Internet, where it was distributed and discussed.
We have scanned Serve the People from an actual copy of the banned Hua Cheng issue and saved the images in the DACHS archive. To browse through the scanned pages online, please click on the button below. A new full-screen viewing pane will open.
The scanned article is also available in PDF-format. Please click on the button below to open the file in a new window, or download the file to your local computer.
Click on the button below to open the novel as it was published on www.huanghuagang.org (see also below) in PDF-format. To view the original, you can also follow the link to the archived webpage.
English article by Antoaneta Bezlova on the website of Inter Press Service News Agency: 'Sexually Charged Political Satire Slips Into Internet' (15 April 2005). Also contains a link to a discussion thread on the Angry Chinese Blogger at the bottom of the article.