`[A] stinging satire from a novelist in exile' Margaret Atwood via Twitter
`Believable and brutal, this is Ma Jian's boldest...most elegiac work' FINANCIAL TIMES, BOOK OF THE YEAR
In seven dream-like episodes, Ma Jian - the banned Chinese writer hailed as `China's Solzhenitsyn' - charts the psychological disintegration of a government leader in provincial China who is haunted by nightmares of his violent past. A biting dystopian satire, what Ma Jian reveals is a nation blinded by materialism and governed by violence and lies.
Blending tragic and absurd reality with myth and fantasy, this is not a portrait of an imagined future, but of China as it is today.
MA JIAN was born in Qingdao, China, in 1953. He is the author of Stick Out Your Tongue, his debut novel which in 1987 led to the permanent banning of his books in China; Red Dust, winner of the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award; four collections of short stories and essays; and six further novels, including Beijing Coma, winner of the Index on Censorship Book Award and the Athens Prize for Literature. His last book, The Dark Road, nominated for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, saw him barred from returning to China. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He now lives in exile in London.