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The shared wish of one billion people, What I longed for has arrived

The shared wish of one billion people - Warmly welcome the publication of the fifth volume of Selected Works of Mao Zedong

Designer: Mao Wenbiao (毛文彪)
1977, March
The shared wish of one billion people - Warmly welcome the publication of the fifth volume of Selected Works of Mao Zedong
Yiwan renminde gongtong xinyuan - Relie huanhu 'Mao Zedong xuanji' diwu juan chuban (亿万人民的共同心愿 - 热烈欢呼《毛泽东选集》第五卷出版)
Publisher: Renmin meishu chubanshe (人民美术出版社), print no. 8027.6557
Call number: BG G2/11 (Landsberger collection)

What I longed for has arrived

Designers: Wu Zhefu (吴哲夫); Li Mubai (李慕白)
1978, April
What I longed for has arrived
Pandaole (盼到了)
Publisher: Shanghai renmin meishu chubanshe (上海人民美术出版社), print no. 8081.11137
Call number: BG E15/398 (Landsberger collection)

In this atmosphere of apparent relaxation, China's star author would make one last come-back. And the cruel thing was: Mao did not even write his latest and last blockbuster! Within a month after his death, the Central Committee of the CCP decided that work was to start in preparation of the publication of new, additional volumes of the Selected Works of Mao Zedong. Although Mao already had ordered preparations for the publication of the fifth and even sixth volumes of selections from his Thought in the late 1960s, this activity had been brought to a stand-still as a result of the fierce and destructive factional struggles in the Cultural Revolution. Nonetheless, the work as published basically followed the structure laid out in the late 1960s. The Volume V that was published in April 1977 showed that Mao's writings would continue to serve as useful ideological precepts and that Mao as the founding father of the Chinese Revolution could not be assailed. His more pragmatic decisions and writings were highlighted, whereas his radical ideas that had proven disastrous (Great Leap Forward, Cultural Revolution) were downplayed as much as possible. The 500-page Volume V, heralded as China's major literary event of 1977, brought the date of Mao's writings closer to the present: it contained a selection of essays written in the period 1949-1957, i.e., from the founding of the PRC to the end of the Hundred Flowers Movement. The new writings rehabilitated many of the functionaries who had fallen victim of the Cultural Revolution and the preface, moreover, singled out the radicals around Jiang Qing for persecution by presenting them as 'ultra-leftists', who in reality were 'right-wing' revisionists. The publication was a resounding success. According to incomplete statistics, more than 28 million copies had been distributed by the end of April 1977.

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