Red Dust by Ma Jian
A Path Through China

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In 1983, at the age of thirty, dissident artist Ma Jian finds himself divorced by his wife, separated from his daughter, betrayed by his girlfriend, facing arrest for “Spiritual Pollution,” and severely disillusioned with the confines of life in Beijing. So with little more than a change of clothes and two bars of soap, Ma takes off to immerse himself in the remotest parts of China. His journey would last three years and take him through smog-choked cities and mountain villages, from scenes of barbarity to havens of tranquility. Remarkably written and subtly moving, the result is an insight into the teeming contradictions of China that only a man who was both insider and outsider in his own country could have written.




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About Ma Jian

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MA JIAN was born in Qingdao, China, in 1953. He worked as a watch-mender's apprentice, a painter of propaganda boards, and a photojournalist. In 1987 he wrote Stick Out Your Tongue, a collection of short stories that prompted the Chinese government to ban his future work. Ma Jian left Beijing for Hong Kong in 1987 as a dissident, but he 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 with his partner and translator, FLORA DREW. He is the author of Red Dust, a travel memoir, and the critically acclaimed novels The Noodle Maker and Beijing Coma.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Anchor. 338 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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An extraordinary—and offbeat—insider's account of life in post-Mao, pre-Tiananmen China.

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Publishers Weekly

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In 1983, squirming under constant government scrutiny and mourning a failed marriage, writer and photographer Jian abandons his home in Beijing to journey to China's western border with little

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A three-year trek across the new China in search of enlightenment.

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The Guardian

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Red Dust Ma Jian Vintage £7.99, pp324 It is 1981.

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Red Dust: A Path Through China Ma Jian Chatto & Windus £12, pp324 On 18 August 1983 the Chinese poet and painter Ma Jian turns 30.

Jun 10 2001 | Read Full Review of Red Dust: A Path Through China

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