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China Dream

Fiction: Literary
Unabridged   6 hour(s)
Publication date: 06/25/2019

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China Dream

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684573790
Digital Download ISBN:9781684573783


One of the year's most anticipated novels in translation, written by an acclaimed Chinese author whose entire body of work has been banned by his home country, and published in the thirtieth-anniversary year of the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

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Ma Daode is feeling pleased with himself. He has just been appointed Director of the China Dream Bureau, tasked with overwriting people's private dreams with President Xi's great China Dream of national rejuvenation. He has an impressive office, three properties, and a bevy of mistresses texting him night and day.

But just as Ma Daode is putting the finishing touches to his plan for a mass golden wedding anniversary celebration, things take an uneasy turn. Suddenly plagued by flashbacks of the Cultural Revolution, Ma Daode's nightmares from the past threaten to undo his dream of a glorious future.

In China Dream, Ma Jian takes the listener on a tragicomic ride through the horrors and absurdities of totalitarian power. His dystopian vision is set not in the future, but in China today. Written to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Cultural Revolution, China Dream is revealing of China's moral crises, and what happens to a nation blinded by materialism and governed by violence and lies. In a moment when the characterization of reality is vulnerable to the whims of power, it also poses wider questions that are blisteringly resonant about the way we perceive, understand, and manipulate our histories, as individuals and as a society.


"Ma (The Dark Road, 2013) has forged an impressive literary career by criticizing the government of the country of his birth, from which his work has been banned for 25 years. His latest novel presents his sharpest and most intimate vision yet, one that delves into the everyday lives of the wealthy elite . . . In his startling and irreverent parody, Ma finds compassion amid the sex and violence that shape a history of injustice and a nation's vulnerability." ―Booklist Starred Review

"A masterwork of political satire, meaningful without heavy-handedness." ―Kirkus Starred Review

"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

"A bold, searing indictment of present-day China and a lyrical exposé of the false utopia created by the Communist Party and its current leader-for-life, Xi Jinping . . . [China Dream] is an inventive yet powerful confrontation of China’s past and present." ―Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Author Bio

Ma Jian was born in Qingdao, China, in 1953. He is the author of Stick Out Your Tongue, four collections of short stories and essays, and six further novels. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He now lives in exile in London.