• A master of inimitable humour. Always hilarious, thought-provoking, and immensely moving

    Jung Chang, author of Wild Swans
  • A biting and humane novel of stunning concision... Bleakly funny, incisive, stinging and – in its most destabilising passages – gut-wrenching

    Madeleine Thien, author of Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Guardian
  • A savage satire of Chinese authoritarianism and censorship... Believable and brutal, this is Ma Jian’s boldest…most elegiac work

    Catherine Taylor, Financial Times
  • Mr Ma's critique of the totalitarian mindset recalls that of Soviet-era dissidents...tragic and elegiac...garnished with both horror and tenderness... A hand-grenade of a book

    The Economist
  • This must be one of the liveliest novels about brainwashing ever written… For all the horror, Ma sees freedom in confronting the true nightmare of the past, perceiving that it is the only way to liberate our futures

    Alex Peake-Tomkinson, Spectator

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