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  • Published: 31 July 2013
  • ISBN: 9781446414729
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 96

Stick Out Your Tongue




The hugely influential book that set Ma Jian on the road to exile from China.

'Outstanding' Irish Times

A Chinese writer whose marriage has fallen apart travels to Tibet. As he wanders through the countryside, he witnesses the sky burial of a Tibetan woman who died during childbirth, shares a tent with a nomad who is walking to a sacred mountain to seek forgiveness for sleeping with his daughter, meets a silversmith who has hung the wind-dried corpse of his lover to the walls of his cave, and hears the story of a young female incarnate lama who died during a Buddhist initiation rite. In the thin air of the high plateau, the divide between fact and fiction becomes confused and the man is drawn deep into an alien culture he knew nothing about, and which haunts his dreams.

Banned in China in 1987, Stick Out Your Tongue, is the hugely influential book that set Ma Jian on the road to exile.

  • Published: 31 July 2013
  • ISBN: 9781446414729
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 96

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 Stick Out Your Tongue

Exquisite, earthy stories... Ma writes brilliantly

Independent

At the heart of Ma Jian's stories, there is both humanity and a piercing, if painful, literary truth

Guardian

Ma Jian...creates a stunning vision of a culture too easily and dangerously airbrushed into the ideals of others

Scotland on Sunday

All [these stories] are fascinating windows on the soul of a dying people

The Times

Deadpan yet shot through with subtle empathy and flashes of humour, surreal and unearthly yet steeped in a physicality so immediate that I flinched on at least one occasion. Beautiful...lean style...not a single wasted word...oustanding

Irish Times

Harsh, humane... Completely effective

Daily Telegraph

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