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An Answer to "The Question of Hu"

Book critic John Leonard reviews historian Jonathan Spence's newest work, about a Chinese convert in France who is institutionalized by a Jesuit priest name Jean-Francois Foucquet. Leonard says that the historical novel feels more like a poem about history.

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Other segments from the episode on October 4, 1988

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, October 4, 1988: Interview with Anna Quindlen; Commentary on Chuck Willis; Interview with Musa Mayer; Review of Jonathan Spence's novel "The Question of Hu."

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