Deng Xiaoping: The Comeback Comrade

In a tumultuous career spanning 60 years and countless crises, Deng Xiaoping has been down three times but never out

Standing amid the lush bamboo groves and rice paddies of northwestern Sichuan province, the U-shaped farmhouse is typical of the local architecture, with a wooden frame, stucco walls and a gray tile roof. Ten families have subdivided the 16 rooms of the 100-year-old structure into 32 cubicles, and its courtyard is dotted with drying pepper bunches and ears of corn. In the center of these crowded communal quarters stand three rooms unused except by the 60 or so visitors who turn up daily to see the birthplace of Deng Xiaoping. But even the smattering of photographs and old furniture on display...

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