• 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

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