With a broken-down oven, in a hotel kitchen, on an uninhabited island
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Charlotte Painter is the author of Who Made the Lamb, Seeing Things, and Confession from the Malaga Madhouse. She lives in Santa Cruz, California.
Turning youths loose on actual or possible dissidents was probably the shrewdest and cruelest of Maoist strategies. Here were True Believers, lacking life experience to complicate their thoughts, still endowed with the primal cruelty of children. Having internalized the rhetoric of the Cultural Revolution, they were empowered to indulge in any form of torture, from breast amputation to castration, secure in the righteousness of their cause.