Red Dust
Red Dust
A Path Through China
Ma Jian

Red Dust is a rich, strange, searching travelogue through the outposts of communist China by an adventurous, dissident poet. Author Ma is often compared to the Beats--but imagine if Kerouac had to escape from a Kafka novel in order to go "on the road." That particular comparision doesn't do justice to Ma's restrained writing, eye for haunting details, and ability to say cutting things with just a few words.

—Recommended by Matt, City Lights Books

—Also recommended by Paul, City Lights Books

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.

Title Red Dust
Subtitle A Path Through China
Author Ma Jian
Publisher Anchor
Title First Published 12 November 2002
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 336 p.
ISBN-10 0385720238
ISBN-13 9780385720236
Publication Date 12 November 2002
Main content page count 336
Weight 16 oz.

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