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.
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 *