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In her 45-plus years, Anchee Min has suffered enough for two lifetimes. Min’s time in Maoist China included forced work at a labor farm, starring roles in several of Madame Mao’s propaganda films, and, at the end of the Cultural Revolution, an eight-year sentence of more menial toil. After Min arrived in America, in 1984, she began to chronicle her life. First came the autobiographical Red Azalea, then Becoming Madame Mao, a fictionalized account of the life of the “White-Boned Demon” that many hold responsible for the excesses of China’s communist regime. Her latest, the novel Wild Ginger, finds Min still focusing on the Cultural Revolution, but with a far more spare, suggestive style. Her exposition of the choices faced by a young girl trapped in a world of dictator worship quietly and poetically delineates how, under a totalitarian regime, an entire generation can spin into psychological turmoil. Min is in town at 3 p.m. at CenterStage, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. $10. (703) 476-4500. (Josh Levin)