Red Dust

Author: Ma Jian (2001)

From Beijing to the wide plains of China’s far west, from sacred mountains to primeval forests, from ruined oasis towns to the teeming cities of the southern coast, Ma Jian spent three years on the road in search of himself and his country.

Part memoir, part travelogue, this is an exceptional piece of writing. Ma Jian’s skills as novelist, photographer, poet and painter bring the people and places alive on the page, while his personal story offers a unique insight – by a man was both insider and outsider in his own country – into Chinese society since the death of Mao, and gives a real, unforgettable sense of what it is like to live in China now.

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