For the newcomer to contemporary dissident Chinese literature and politics, this large anthology provides brief, often fascinating, glimpses at about 80 Chinese artists who want reform, not destruction, of the present government. Almost all the artists represented here have suffered either imprisonment, house arrest, or artistic suppression because they chose to discuss artistic freedom, women's issues, labor camps, sexuality, the situation of peasants, or torture in prisons. The translations, done mostly by the Australian editors, are truly superb. Recommended as an introduction. Kitty Chen Dean, Nassau Coll., Garden City, N.Y.