Ma Jian has been described as China’s Solzhenitsyn and its greatest living writer. He lives in exile in London, his books and return to his homeland both banned by the Chinese government. His latest novel, China Dream, co-opts the rhetoric from Xi Jinping’s Chinese Dream speech of 2013 as it charts the disintegration of a corrupt public official, tormented by his past cruelty, and complicity with the totalitarian regime. It is a short, sharp satire, brutally and blackly comic.
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Ma Jian has been described as China’s Solzhenitsyn. His first book, Stick Out Your Tongue (1987) was inspired by his travels to Tibet and led to the Chinese government banning his future work. He left Beijing for Hong Kong in 1987 as a dissident, but continued to travel to China and supported the pro-democracy activists in Tiananmen Square in 1989. After the handover of Hong Kong he moved to Germany and then London, where he now lives. His most recent book is the scathing satire China Dream.
Linda Jaivin is the author of eleven books, including seven novels and the Quarterly Essay Found in Translation. She is also a cultural commentator, co-editor of the China Story Yearbook at the Australian National University, and literary and film translator.