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The Message - Mai Jia

The Message - Mai Jia

Limited edition signed by both the author and the translator

Title: The Message

Author:  Mai Jia

ISBN:  9781789543018

Weight:  990g

Double signed limited first edition, first printing



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The Message by Mai Jia

A dazzling literary thriller set in Japan-occupied China from the most translated Chinese novelist of our time.

China, 1941.

It is the height of the Second World War, and Japan rules over China.  In the famously beautiful city of Hangzhou, a puppet government propped up by the Japanese is waging an underground war against the Communist resistance.

Late one night, under cover of darkness, three men and two women are escorted to an isolated mansion on the shores of West Lake.  All five are intelligence officers, employed as codebreakers by the regime.  But the secret police are certain that one of them is a communist spy.  None of them is leaving until the traitor is unmasked.

It should be a straightforward case of sifting truth from lies.  But as each codebreaker spins a story that proves their innocence, events are framed and re-framed, and what really happened is called into question again and again.

Part historical spy thriller, part playful meta-fiction, The Message is a masterclass in storytelling from a Chinese literary sensation.

Peer & Press Reviews

This is a spy novel on a grand scale in which nothing is at seems…  This slyly playful narrative makes it clear, all that really matters is the storytelling.  Give it a little time and The Message will draw you into a deliciously sticky web.


Bibliographic Info

TitleThe Message
TranslatorOlivia Milburn
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Edition background

These copies have a signature page, tipped-in before the half title page.  Printed on this page is the phrase ‘SIGNED AND LIMITED FIRST EDITION’, the title, the author’s name, and the name of the translator.

Issued direct by Head of Zeus, the total number of books in this unnumbered limited edition is unknown.

Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the tipped-in signature page by both the author and the translator
Book Stats
PublisherHead of Zeus
Publication date
Printed byCPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 139781789543018
ISBN 101789543010
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)235 x 153 x 39mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photographChai Lizeng
DesignLuke Bird
ImagesArcangel / Jaroslaw Blaminsky

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