• "Exquisite, earthy stories... Ma writes brilliantly"

  • "At the heart of Ma Jian's stories, there is both humanity and a piercing, if painful, literary truth"

  • "Ma Jian...creates a stunning vision of a culture too easily and dangerously airbrushed into the ideals of others"

    Scotland on Sunday
  • "All [these stories] are fascinating windows on the soul of a dying people"

    The Times
  • "Deadpan yet shot through with subtle empathy and flashes of humour, surreal and unearthly yet steeped in a physicality so immediate that I flinched on at least one occasion. Beautiful...lean style...not a single wasted word...oustanding"

    Irish Times