TheDream of Ding Village by Yan' 'Lianke

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Here, China’s most controversial novelist takes as his subject the contemporary AIDS blood-contamination scandal in Henan province, where villagers were coerced into selling vast quantities of blood and then infected with the AIDS virus as they were injected with plasma to prevent anaemia. Whole villages were wiped out in this way, with no responsibility taken or reparation made. The Dream of Ding Village focuses on one village, and the story of one family, torn apart when one son rises to the top of the Party pile as he exploits the situation, while another is infected and dies. Narrated by a dead boy and written in finely crafted, affecting prose, the novel presents a powerful absurdist allegory of the moral vacuum at the heart of Communist-capitalist China as it traces the life and death of an entire community.‘I come from the bottom of society. All my relatives live in Henan, one of the poorest areas of China. When I think of people’s situation there, it is impossible not to feel angry and emotional. Anger and passion are the soul of my work.’ Yan LiankePraise for Serve the People!‘A very funny, sexy, satire.’Independent on Sunday‘Drips with the kind of satire that can only come from deep within the machinery of Chinese communism.’ Financial Times‘Wonderfully biting satire, brimming with absurdity, humor and wit.’ LA Times

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Yan Lianke was born in 1958 in Henan province, where the blood-contamination scandal that features in this book happened. He is one of China’s most established literary writers and his novels and story collections have won many of China’s most prestigious literary prizes. He is also China’s most controversial writer. His novel Serve the People!, also published by Constable, was banned for satirising the Cultural Revolution and became an underground internet sensation. The Death of Ding Village was stopped in its tracks with a ‘no distribution, no sales and no promotion’ order. The risk to publishers are now so high that Lianke doesn’t know whether he’ll be able to find a Chinese home for his next book.
Published April 21, 2011 by Constable and Robinson.
Genres: . Fiction

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The novel centres on three generations of a family: the grandfather and patriarch, a revered elder and self-appointed professor of the village school, who was the first to convince his village people to abandon farming and to sell blood for a living;

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