In seven dream-like episodes, Ma Jian – the banned Chinese writer hailed as ‘China’s Solzhenitsyn’ – charts the psychological disintegration of a government leader in provincial China who is haunted by nightmares of his violent past.
A biting dystopian satire, what Ma Jian reveals is a nation blinded by materialism and governed by violence and lies.
Blending tragic and absurd reality with myth and fantasy, this is not a portrait of an imagined future, but of China as it is today.
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