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  • Published: 18 June 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784708696
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $19.99

China Dream




A biting satire of Chinese totalitarianism from the critically acclaimed author of Beijing Coma and Red Dust.

‘One of China’s greatest living novelists’ GuardianBlending fact with fiction, China Dream is an unflinching satire of totalitarianism. After decades of loyal service, Ma Daode, a corrupt and lecherous party official, has been appointed director of the China Dream Bureau, charged with promoting President Xi Jinping’s China Dream of national rejuvenation. But just as he is about to present his plan for a microchip that will be implanted into the brain of every citizen to replace all painful recollections with a collective dream of national supremacy, his sanity begins to unravel. Plagued by flashbacks of the Cultural Revolution, his nightmare visions from the past threaten to destroy his dream of a glorious future. This darkly comic fable is a dystopian vision of repression and state-enforced amnesia set not in the future, but in China today.

‘Excoriating…Not for nothing has Ma been called both the Orwell and Solzhenitsyn of Chinese literature’ A Financial Times Book of the Year‘Red Guards meet Kurt Vonnegot, sort of: powerful!’ Margaret Atwood, via Twitter

  • Published: 18 June 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784708696
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Ma Jian

Ma Jian was born in Qingdao, China. He is the author of seven novels, a travel memoir, three story collections and two essay collections. He has been translated into twenty-six languages. Since the publication of his first book in 1987, all his work has been banned in China. He now lives in exile in London

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Praise for China Dream

A savage satire of Chinese authoritarianism and censorship

Rebecca Rose, Financial Times, **Books of the Year**

A biting and humane novel of stunning concision... Bleakly funny, incisive, stinging and – in its most destabilising passages – gut-wrenching... Ma has a marksman’s eye for the contradictions of his country and his generation, and the responsibilities and buried dreams they carry

Madeleine Thien, Guardian

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

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

Crackles with bruising satireChina Dream may be the purest distillation yet of Mr. Ma’s talent for probing the country’s darkest corners

Mike Ives, New York Times

A master of inimitable humour. Always hilarious, thought-provoking, and immensely moving

Jung Chang

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