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Top 10 East Asian books to read during lockdown

From Chinese sci-fi to Tibetan short stories, we have something for everyone

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NEW YORK -- At a time when very little feels normal, I find that reading is a more essential escape than ever -- the ability to inhabit someone else's mind for a few hours can be the best antidote to the alarming headlines.

I'm sure books about the pandemic will start appearing before too long, but for now every book is a time machine to a better, or at least different, past. This list offers books in a variety of genres and lengths -- short for when you just can't concentrate, longer when you need serious distraction -- representing languages and territories across East Asia. I hope you find the one you need.

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