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"A World To Win": China, the Afro-Asian Writers' Bureau, and the Reinvention of World Literature

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"A World To Win" : China, the Afro-Asian Writers' Bureau, and the Reinvention of World Literature. / Vanhove, Pieter.

In: Critical Asian Studies, Vol. 51, No. 2, 03.04.2019, p. 144-165.

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Vanhove, Pieter. / "A World To Win" : China, the Afro-Asian Writers' Bureau, and the Reinvention of World Literature. In: Critical Asian Studies. 2019 ; Vol. 51, No. 2. pp. 144-165.

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