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  • Published: 31 July 2013
  • ISBN: 9781446442241
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 192

The Noodle Maker




'Playful and wonderfully dark, The Noodle Maker confirms Ma Jian as a Chinese Kundera. The funniest book I've read in a long time' Philip Marsden

Every week, a writer of political propaganda and a professional blood donor meet for dinner. They are unlikely friends - one of them tortured by his 'art', the other fat and wealthy from the earthy business of providing spare blood for the citizens of China.

Over the course of one especially gastronomic evening, the writer starts to complain about his latest Party commission: the story of an ordinary soldier who sacrifices his life to the revolutionary cause. This is not the novel he wants to write, he tells his friend. Inside his head lives an unwritten book about the people he knows or sees everyday on the streets - people who lives are far more representative of the world in which he lives...

  • Published: 31 July 2013
  • ISBN: 9781446442241
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 192

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 The Noodle Maker

Compelling, inventive and bleakly funny

Big Issue

Deep black humour...owes a debt to Italo Calvino

Daily Telegraph

Ma's writing shines a light that is both humane and angry into some of the dustiest corners of a closed and often forgotten society

Observer

Playful and wonderfully dark...a Chinese Kundera

Philip Marsden

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