Nonetheless, academic and public interest in the CR remained intense and widespread, not only because of its dramatic events, but also because of personal involvement. A host of literary fiction attests to this phenomenon. Former red guards described their disillusionment with the CR, intellectuals recounted their sufferings, and veteran revolutionaries wrote about their ordeals. This type of writing became known

as the 'wounded literature'. With the progress of reform policies in the later part of the 1980s, a great number of publications - academic studies, reminiscences, biographies etc. - appeared on the book market, where it found a more widespread readership than any other political topic.