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China Dream

Ma Jian

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Vintage
18 June 2019
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Fiction in translation
'One of China's greatest living novelists' Guardian Blending fact with fiction, China Dream is an unflinching satire of totalitarianism. After decades of loyal service, Ma Daode, a corrupt and lecherous party official, has been appointed director of the China Dream Bureau, charged with promoting President Xi Jinping's China Dream of national rejuvenation. But just as he is about to present his plan for a microchip that will be implanted into the brain of every citizen to replace all painful recollections with a collective dream of national supremacy, his sanity begins to unravel. Plagued by flashbacks of the Cultural Revolution, his nightmare visions from the past threaten to destroy his dream of a glorious future.

This darkly comic fable is a dystopian vision of repression and state-enforced amnesia set not in the future, but in China today.

'Excoriating...

Not for nothing has Ma been called both the Orwell and Solzhenitsyn of Chinese literature' A Financial Times Book of the Year 'Red Guards meet Kurt Vonnegot, sort of- powerful!' Margaret Atwood, via Twitter
By:   Ma Jian
Imprint:   Vintage
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 12mm
Weight:   138g
ISBN:   9781784708696
ISBN 10:   1784708690
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   18 June 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for China Dream

A master of inimitable humour. Always hilarious, thought-provoking, and immensely moving -- Jung Chang, author of Wild Swans A biting and humane novel of stunning concision... Bleakly funny, incisive, stinging and - in its most destabilising passages - gut-wrenching -- Madeleine Thien, author of Do Not Say We Have Nothing * Guardian * A savage satire of Chinese authoritarianism and censorship... Believable and brutal, this is Ma Jian's boldest...most elegiac work' -- Catherine Taylor * Financial Times * Mr Ma's critique of the totalitarian mindset recalls that of Soviet-era dissidents...tragic and elegiac...garnished with both horror and tenderness... A hand-grenade of a book * The Economist * This must be one of the liveliest novels about brainwashing ever written... For all the horror, Ma sees freedom in confronting the true nightmare of the past, perceiving that it is the only way to liberate our futures -- Alex Peake-Tomkinson * Spectator * Creepily Orwellian... makes Mao's Cultural Revolution look like minor tinkering -- Max Davidson * Mail on Sunday * Crackles with bruising satire ...China Dream may be the purest distillation yet of Mr. Ma's talent for probing the country's darkest corners -- Mike Ives * New York Times *


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