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China Dream - Ma Jian

China Dream - Ma Jian

Title: China Dream

Author:  Ma Jian

ISBN:  9781784742492

Weight:  511g

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China Dream by Ma Jian

A poetic and unflinching fable about tyranny, guilt, and the erasure of history, by the banned Chinese writer hailed as ‘China’s Solzhenitsyn’.

In seven dream-like episodes, Ma Jian charts the psychological disintegration of a Chinese provincial leader who is haunted by nightmares of his violent past.

From exile, Ma Jian shoots an arrow at President Xi Jinping’s ‘China Dream’ propaganda, creating a biting satire of totalitarianism that reveals what happens to a nation when it is blinded by materialism and governed by violence and lies.  Blending tragic and absurd reality with myth and fantasy, this dystopian novel is a portrait not of an imagined future, but of China today.

Peer & Press Reviews

In scene after scene of black satire, lyric tenderness and desolating tragedy… this fearless epic of history and memory establishes Ma Jian as the Solzhenitsyn of China’s forgetful drive towards world domination.


A born storyteller who has the artistry and intellect to evoke a staggeringly large and densely peopled world.  His language is precise and sublimely visual; it is painfully funny.

Madeleine Thien, author of Do Not Say We Have Nothing

Ma Jian has accomplished something extremely difficult.  That is, he has created a work of art that functions simultaneously as literature and call to action.

New York Review of Books

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title China Dream
Translator Flora Drew
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher Vintage Publishing
Imprint Chatto & Windus
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9781784742492
ISBN 10 178474249X
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 176
Size (h x w x d) 206 x 136 x 21mm
Image and Design Credits
Jacket design Ai Weiwei

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