Red Dust: A Path Through China

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Chatto & Windus, 2001 - China - 324 pages
In 1983, at the age of thirty, dissident artist Ma Jian finds himself divorced by his wife, separated from his daughter, betrayed by his girlfriend, facing arrest for Spiritual Pollution, and severely disillusioned with the confines of life in Beijing. So with little more than a change of clothes and two bars of soap, Ma takes off to immerse himself in the remotest parts of China. His journey would last three years and take him through smog-choked cities and mountain villages, from scenes of barbarity to havens of tranquility. Remarkably written and subtly moving, the result is an insight into the teeming contradictions of China that only a man who was both insider and outsider in his own country could have written.

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Ma Jian’s account of his three-year journey around China is classified as a travel book. But it is most certainly not the typical “best sites,” “best restaurants,” kind of travel book. Instead, Red ... Read full review

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Lotta press blurb comparisons to On The Road. I dunno, haven't read it. Most of the characters were writers/artists but hard to keep track of everyone. Goes a bit into some of the cultural sides of the non-Han Chinese, which mostly came across pretty dark Read full review


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