Dream of Ding Village
From ‘one of the masters of modern Chinese literature’ (Jung Chang), a searing novel that traces the destruction of a community in Communist China.
Told through the eyes of Xiao Qiang, a young boy killed by his family’s neighbours, this seminal novel tells the tragic and shocking story of the blood-contamination scandal in China’s Henan province.
Villagers, coerced into selling vast quantities of blood for money, contract the AIDS virus after being injected with plasma to prevent anaemia. Whole communities are wiped out as the illness spreads, with no responsibility taken or reparation made. As Xiao narrates the fate of the village, his family is torn apart by suspicion and retribution…
‘The defining work of his career… A devastating critique of China’s runaway development’ Guardian
The defining work of his career; not just an elegantly crafted piece of literature but a devastating critique of China's runaway development * Guardian * His lyricism of despair, full of frenzied life, even when there is foam on lips, gives this novel of Yan Lianke its atrocious grace * Le Monde * A sorrowful but captivating novel about the price of progress in modern China. The book, which was censored in that country, builds to an act of violence that resonates with the impact of Greek tragedy or Shakespearean drama * Kirkus Reviews * One of China's greatest living authors and fiercest satirists * Guardian * Yan Lianke denounces an alarming situation...his novel is a true revelation * Rolling Stone *
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