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In China Dream, Ma Jian takes the reader on a tragicomic ride through the horrors and absurdities of totalitarian power. His dystopian vision is set not in the future, but in China today. Written to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Cultural Revolution, China Dream is revealing of China’s moral crises, and what happens to a nation blinded by materialism and governed by violence and lies. In a moment when the characterization of reality is vulnerable to the whims of power, it also poses wider questions that are blisteringly resonant about the way we perceive, understand, and manipulate our histories, as individuals and as a society.
MA JIAN was born in Qingdao, China, in 1953. He is the author of Stick Out Your Tongue, four collections of short stories and essays, and six further novels. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He now lives in exile in London. Since the banning of his first book thirty years ago, none of his works have been allowed to appear in China.
FLORA DREW’s translations from the Chinese include Ma Jian’s Red Dust, The Noodle Maker, Stick Out Your Tongue, Beijing Coma and The Dark Road.
A Financial Times Best Book of the Year
“China Dream is a sharper political allegory than Mr. Ma’s earlier novels. It crackles with bruising satire of Chinese officialdom, and an acerbic wit that vaguely recalls Gary Shteyngart’s sendup of Russian oligarchs in Absurdistan, or even Nikolai Gogol’s portraits of Russia’s provincial aristocrats in Dead Souls . . . China Dream may be the purest distillation yet of Mr. Ma’s talent for probing the country’s darkest corners and exposing what he regards as the Communist Party’s moral failings.” —Mike Ives, The New York Times
“A master of inimitable humour. Always hilarious, thought-provoking, and immensely moving.” —Jung Chang, author of Wild Swans and Empress Dowager Cixi
“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