Encounters With Chinese Writers

by Annie Dillard. Wesleyan, $8.95. Ms. Dillard was a member of a literary delegation visiting China in 1982, and subsequently met and entertained a group of Chinese authors who visited the United States. Her sympathetic, sensitive, often humorous sketches of intercultural collision are designed to illustrate “the endless dramas of good will in bad times, the sheer comedy of human differences . . . and the courage and even whimsy with which we—all of us—cope.” They do all that delightfully.