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China’s Repressed Memory

Over the past 40 years, China has managed to achieve levels of growth and development that would have been unimaginable during earlier decades of communist rule. But as the exiled Chinese novelist Ma Jian reminds us, that progress has been built on a foundation of repression and the corpses of his fellow citizens.

  • Ma Jian, Beijing Coma, Translated by Flora Drew, MacMillan, 2009.
    Ma Jian, The Dark Road, Translated by Flora Drew, Penguin Random House, 2014.
    Ma Jian, China Dream, Translated by Flora Drew, Penguin UK, 2018.

LONDON – Search for the name Ma Jian on the Internet and you will most likely land on Wikipedia, where there are listings for two men with the same name and one thing in common: neither would turn up if the same Internet search were conducted in mainland China.