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Ma Jian

“One of the most important and courageous voices in Chinese literature”—Ma Jian was born in 1953 in Qingdao, China. He worked as watch-mender, a painter of propaganda boards, and as a photo-journalist for a state-run magazine. At the age of thirty he resigned and travelled for three years across China, a journey later described in his memoir Red Dust.

In 1987, Ma Jian completed the short story collection Stick Out Your Tongue— “images of a Tibet where the living and the dead mingle with beauty and unease”—which prompted the Chinese government to ban his future work. That same year Ma Jian left Beijing for Hong Kong as a dissident—though he continued to travel in China—and in 1989, he supported the pro-democracy activists in Tiananmen Square.

In Hong Kong, he wrote The Noodle Maker—a biting satire—which earned him the title—“the Chinese Kundera”.

After the handover of Hong Kong, Ma Jian moved to Germany, and then to London, where he published Beijing Coma—a seminal examination of the Tiananmen Square protests.

“If speaking the painful truth is the highest form of love, than Beijing Coma is a love song. It confirms Ma Jian’s place as one of the world’s most significant writers.”

Ma Jian currently lives in west London, with his partner and translator Flora Drew.

 

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Ma Jian | Reading

12.11.2012 2009

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Ma Jian: Reading at The Prague Writers' Festival

15.06.2009 Readings

Transcription of his text for the reading

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Ma Jian: The great Tiananmen taboo

02.06.2009 Articles

In China, time can feel both frozen and unstoppable

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Ma Jian: The west is doing China no favours

06.02.2009 Readings

by rushing to apologise for every perceived slur.

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Ma Jian: I need to witness

22.01.2009 Interviews

Ma Jian in conversation with Guillaume Basset

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Ma Jian: During the Tiananmen Square massacre

19.12.2008 Articles

The Independent on Beijing Coma

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Ma Jian: Beijing Coma

19.12.2008 Readings

"The cuckoo wept tears of blood, and the world was stained red."

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Ma Jian: A story of Tiananmen Square

19.12.2008 Articles

A review of Beijing Coma by The Daily Telegraph

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Ma Jian: The Abandoner or The Abandoned

19.12.2008 Readings

Between the writer and the blood donor

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