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China Dream

China Dream

A poetic and unflinching fable about tyranny, guilt, and the erasure of history, by the banned Chinese writer hailed as `China's Solzhenitsyn'.

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ISBN 9781784708696
Barcode 9781784708696
Published 30 May 2019 by Vintage
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Jian, Ma
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ISBN-13 9781784708696
ISBN-10 1784708690
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Vintage
Publication Date 30 May 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Jian, Ma
Category General & Literary Fiction
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 192
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 12mm
Weight 138g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress FICTION / Dystopian, FICTION / Absurdist, FICTION / Political, FICTION / Satire, Fiction in translation
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 895.136
Catalogue Code 996517

Description of this Book

A poetic and unflinching fable about tyranny, guilt, and the erasure of history, by the banned Chinese writer hailed as `China's Solzhenitsyn'. In seven dream-like episodes, Ma Jian charts the psychological disintegration of a Chinese provincial leader who is haunted by nightmares of his violent past. From exile, Ma Jian shoots an arrow at President Xi Jinping's `China Dream' propaganda, creating a biting satire of totalitarianism that reveals what happens to a nation when it is blinded by materialism and governed by violence and lies. Blending tragic and absurd reality with myth and fantasy, this dystopian novel is a portrait not of an imagined future, but of China today.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A savage satire of Chinese authoritarianism and censorship -- Rebecca Rose * Financial Times, **Books of the Year** * A biting and humane novel of stunning concision... Bleakly funny, incisive, stinging and - in its most destabilising passages - gut-wrenching... Ma has a marksman's eye for the contradictions of his country and his generation, and the responsibilities and buried dreams they carry -- Madeleine Thien * Guardian * His depiction of a totalitarian state is lancing... Believable and brutal, this is Ma's boldest and, despite its brevity, most elegiac work -- Catherine Taylor * Financial Times * Creepily Orwellian... makes Mao's Cultural Revolution look like minor tinkering -- Max Davidson * Mail on Sunday * Mr Ma's critique of the totalitarian mindset recalls that of Soviet-era dissidents...tragic and elegiac...garnished with both horror and tenderness * The Economist *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Ma Jian was born in Qingdao, China. He is the author of seven novels, a travel memoir, three story collections and two essay collections. He has been translated into twenty-six languages. Since the publication of his first book in 1987, all his work has been banned in China. He now lives in exile in London

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