1950. Mao Zedong has been in power for one year. In the mountains of Yunnan, Secretary Li, a zealous young Communist official, brings Comrad Tao to the city to ‘make revolution.’ Soon, the fruit of their union, ‘Little Li’ – Xiao Li – is born.
We are in the period of the Revolution triumphant, of audacious experiments that frequently turn sour: the ‘Hundred Flowers,’ the ‘Great Leap Forward’… and the Cultural Revolution. ‘All revolution is just! The revolution is above reproach!’
At 11 years old, fiercely proud of his red scarf and armband, armed with his little red book of the same color and his almost infinite knowledge of the quotations of President Mao (whose spokesman he considers himself), Xiao Li maintains a reign of terror over all around him. Alongside his friends, he lets himself gradually slide into an unspeakable collective madness, in the grips of which each one will come to denounce, destroy, and burn…The Guardian : “This ambitious graphic novel pulls you to the chest of the world’s latest superpower, shows you something of what it has gained and lost, and lets you go, 60 years later, drained and intrigued and feeling as though you know China’s great, tangled present a little bit better.’