During the Red Army's Long March, countless stories were left behind.

For a long time, around this theme, a large number of excellent works have been created in the literary and art circles.

The Long March is like a huge "mine" of literary and artistic creation, which can be deeply "excavated" in different ways and from different angles.

The newly published novel "Wujiang Yin" has enriched the literary writing on the theme of the Red Army's Long March and expanded the space for military literary and artistic creation.

  Pompeii, the author of this novel, is now a professional writer at the Guangzhou Institute of Literary and Art Creation.

Before publishing this novel, he also wrote the novels "The Endless Collection" and "The Unicorn", as well as several plays and screenplays.

Pompeii graduated from the People's Liberation Army Foreign Languages ​​Institute in his early years and served as a staff officer of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army.

Based on such a professional background, it seems logical for Pompeii to create this military-themed novel after the historical-themed "Endless Treasures" and the sci-fi-themed "Unicorn".

However, in a sense, "Wujiang Yin", a military-themed work with a strong literary weight, means that Pompeii's original intention and return in his literary journey was a long-distance expedition and a long-distance expedition in literary creation.

  As we all know, in the military struggle, the intelligence system is a very important component. If the real intelligence of the enemy cannot be accurately grasped and deciphered, the Red Army's Long March will be very passive.

For example, the four crossings of Chishui under the command of Comrade Mao Zedong have been able to successfully avoid the enemy's pursuit and interception again and again, which is directly related to the Red Army's deciphering of the enemy's secret telegrams.

The "information warfare" and "intelligence warfare" in the Red Army's Long March, like the frontal battlefield, are equally thrilling and test the wisdom of the Red Army team.

The key point of the novel "Wujiang Yin" directly refers to the invisible "secret war".

  In October 1934, the main force of the Red Army of Chinese Workers and Peasants started the world-famous Long March. After two years, eight provinces and a 25,000-mile journey, the three main forces of the Red Army smashed the siege and interception of millions of Kuomintang troops.

In addition to the well-known historical facts of the Long March epic, there are also little-known legends: the Second Bureau of the Central Revolutionary Military Commission, with the "three heroes of deciphering" Zeng Xisheng, Cao Xiangren, and Zou Bizhao as the main force in deciphering, is a "little-known team". secret power".

They used the enemy's signal detected by early wireless communication technology to successfully decipher the encrypted intelligence of the Kuomintang army. This is an intelligence battle in the history of human military history where the weak prevailed over the strong.

  The novel "Wujiang Yin" is based on this real history, based on a large number of decrypted archives and the first-hand information provided by the descendants of the "Three Masters of Deciphering", on the basis of objective historical facts, supplemented by literary imagination.

The main story of the novel takes place between the main force of the Red Army breaking through the Wujiang River in early January 1935 and crossing the Wujiang River in the south at the end of March, during which there were major events such as the Zunyi Conference, the Great Victory at Loushan Pass, and the Sidu crossing of Chishui. brilliant chapter.

  "Wujiang Yin" not only has the sense of historical presence and depth, but also has the aesthetic sense of literature and the unique charm of language art.

In terms of the layout of the novel, it does not follow the traditional narrative mode of "inheritance and transformation", but finds another way. The novel is divided into two parts: "Sketch" and "Silhouette". The second part is the difficult search for this secret history by today's people.

The novel touches history, restores history, and writes history with the polyphonic brushwork that is accompanied by reality and reality. It also skillfully connects the entire twentieth-century revolutionary wars such as the Long March of the Red Army, the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, and the War of Liberation.

This will undoubtedly test a novelist's narrative skills.

The novel stood in the background of the times at that time, in the "sketched" narrative of the 25,000-mile intelligence war, and in the search and recall of memory fragments by later generations, the "profile" of an unknown person gradually appeared.

"As long as anyone remembers, they're alive."

  As a result, "Wujiang Yin" has acquired a richer ideological connotation: a modern theme about memory and identity.

Based on the ingenious structural form and the texture presented by the story, language, and rhythm, the novel realizes the perfect fusion of non-fictional historical facts and fictional descriptions. narrative text.

The whole book has both the thrilling "secret battle" and the grandeur of the frontal battlefield.

This is a display of blood and courage, and a tribute to youth and life.

In the depths of time, in the depths of memory, there is still an immortal figure of this generation, which is their belief, firmness and wisdom.

  What is little known is that the Red Army's code-breaking work on the enemy did not begin with the Long March, but with the second counter-encirclement and suppression campaign. Zeng Xisheng, the "father of ciphers", formed a shrewd and capable secret power team in a short period of time. Technically, it reached the pinnacle of Chinese military code-breaking at that time.

It can be said that if the Red Army's Long March is a journey forward at night, then the Second Bureau of the Central Revolutionary Military Commission is a "lantern" and a powerful weapon for the Red Army to win.

Generally speaking, for the creation of novels on the theme of intelligence warfare, it is easy to fall into the complicated expression of various technologies, which makes the work appear unclear and the theme is weakened.

However, "Wujiang Yin" does not have similar problems. It does not restore the leadership wisdom and strategic decision-making of the older generation of proletarian revolutionaries to pure technology because it is about the technical work of code breaking, but cleverly handles the code breaking. The relationship with strategic decision-making shows the wisdom and courage of "Chairman Mao's use of troops is like a god" in the irrefutable historical reality.

  Before the publication of "Wujiang Yin" about the novels about the Red Army's Long March intelligence warfare, the literary world was blank.

The advent of this novel filled the vacuum of this theme.

As the first novel with the Second Bureau of the Central Revolutionary Military Commission as the object of writing, no matter from which point of view, the novel has the value of revealing the history and excavating the unsung heroes represented by "deciphering the three heroes".

It is the novel based on real historical materials and expressed in a literary way that makes this novel not only innovative and full of meaning, but also an affectionate tribute to the great spirit of the Long March.

  An excellent novel, the name of the novel is quite particular, "Wujiang Yin" is like this.

The "quote" of this novel itself has the pictogram of the word "bow", and the bow has a bow back and a bow string.

The main force of the Red Army crossed the Wujiang River in the south and then turned to Yunnan and crossed the Jinsha River in the north, following the "bow back road" (curve).

At that time, some senior commanders in the Red Army did not know the basis for Mao Zedong and the leaders of the Central Military Commission to make such a decision, because they advocated taking the "bow-string road" (straight line) due to the enemy's intelligence deciphered by the Second Bureau of the Central Military Commission.

Therefore, the word "Yin" is the image presentation of the Long March roadmap.

  In the past, long-form novels that wrote intelligence and deciphered themes often emphasized "hidden" and "secret", making the atmosphere of the novel confusing and sometimes confusing to readers.

But "Wujiang Yin" stands on the front of the official history, showing the wisdom and strength of the Red Army team.

What is commendable is that this novel also presents the wisdom of traditional Chinese culture invisibly between the lines, and properly handles the relationship between fiction and non-fiction.

Because of this, this novel not only has the momentum of a thousand miles, but also has a plot that turns back and forth. No matter from which point of view, "Wujiang Yin" is an important harvest of the current Long March-themed literary creation.

  Chen Huawen