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The Chinese by Uri Orlev
The story “The Chinese” by Uri Orlev was first published in 1971 in the Literary Supplement of Ha’aretz newspaper. As the decade drew to an end (in 1979), it was republished in the literary section of HaOlam Hazeh magazine, where the editor Dan Omer wrote the following: “In the opinion of this editor, the finest story published in the last decade is “The Chinese” by Uri Orlev. This story, which was first published in 1971, seems to have concluded one era and started another. It includes all the linguistic, narrational, social and moral elements a story has the power to comprise.” “The Chinese” by Uri Orlev is published here once more as a reminder of the compelling force within it.