The Last Word: Shanghaied

Going to Mass in China

It’s late Saturday night in Shanghai. I’m in town for thirty-six hours as part of a whirlwind tour of China. A friend of a friend connected me to my tour guide, the briefcase-bearing David, a university student who plays right tackle for his school’s American-style football team. He’s earnest and his English is fine, but he has seemed utterly mystified by my questions. What should I see first...

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About the Author

Liam Callanan is the author of the novels The Cloud Atlas and All Saints. He has just finished his term as chair of the English Department at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.