Ma Jian talks to André Naffis-Sahely at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Exile in London hasn’t dulled Chinese author Ma Jian’s anger at the state which permanently banned his work over 30 years ago. His biting satire China Dream takes aim at Xi Jinping’s regime and the mistruths told by the Communist Party today, centring on the mental collapse of a provincial leader haunted by guilt at his past misdeeds. More than 50 years after the start of the Cultural Revolution, ‘China’s Solzhenitsyn’ lambasts his home country. He discusses his work and ideas with fellow writer André Naffis-Sahely in this event, filmed live at the 2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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