A poetic and unflinching fantasy approximately tyranny, guilt, and the erasure of heritage, through the banned chinese language author hailed as ‘China’s Solzhenitsyn’.
In seven dream-like episodes, Ma Jian charts the mental disintegration of a chinese language provincial chief who's haunted via nightmares of his violent previous. From exile, Ma Jian shoots an arrow at President Xi Jinping’s ‘China Dream’ propaganda, making a biting satire of totalitarianism that unearths what occurs to a state while it truly is blinded through materialism and ruled via violence and lies. mixing tragic and absurd fact with fantasy and delusion, this dystopian novel is a portrait no longer of an imagined destiny, yet of China today.
PRAISE FOR MA JIAN'S WORK
‘A landmark paintings of fiction’ Daily Telegraph
‘Worthy of quick or Orwell’ Observer
‘A smooth literary masterpiece’ Sunday Express
‘Monumental . . . Riveting . . . A potent gesture of remembrance opposed to the encroaching forces of silence’ Guardian
‘A born storyteller who has the artistry and mind to awaken a staggeringly huge and densely peopled international. His language is specific and sublimely visible; it truly is painfully humorous’ Madeleine Thien
‘In scene after scene of black satire, lyric tenderness and desolating tragedy . . . this fearless epic of heritage and reminiscence establishes Ma Jian because the Solzhenitsyn of China’s forgetful force in the direction of global domination’ Independent
‘Ma Jian has entire anything super tricky. that's, he has created a piece of artwork that features concurrently as literature and make contact with to action’ ny assessment of Books
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