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Ma Jian

Book Lead: The Dark Road

Ma Jian's sixth novel is not for the faint- or lighthearted. Its subject - as much as any novel has a subject - is China's one-child policy: its purpose, its effects and, most stomach-churningly, its enforcement by the authorities.

Sunday, 26 May, 2013, 5:09pm

Tiananmen revisited

The day before I meet novelist Ma Jian near his west London home, he appears before a packed audience at the Asia House Festival of Asian Literature. Speaking through his wife and translator Flora Drew, Ma discusses Beijing Coma, his epic new novel spanning 30 years of Chinese history that centres on the Tiananmen Square crackdown on June 4, 1989.

22 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Beijing Coma

Beijing Coma

by Ma Jian (translated by Flora Drew)

Random House, HK$275

In the middle of a deep sleep wakefulness can come suddenly. Maybe the wind took a dustbin and rattled it against a wall. Or a lover's arm was outstretched, tipping the balance within an unsettling dream.

22 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Stick Out Your Tongue

Stick Out Your Tongue

by Ma Jian, translated by Flora Drew

Vintage, HK$112

4 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Stories that stick

A few years ago in certain circles in China, when people raised their glasses they would say: 'Stick out your tongue'. The popular response, once the drinks were truly drained, was: 'Emptiness'.

26 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Clippers cut Chinese star Ma on eve of season

MA Jian, hoping to be the first Chinese player in a regular-season National Basketball Association game, will have to wait longer for the opportunity.

The Los Angeles Clippers made Ma their final roster cut entering the opening of the season. The club also put Pooh Richardson on injured reserve to reach the maximum 12-man roster.

5 Nov 1995 - 12:00am