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China Lecture: China Dream

Ma Jian Interviewed by Flora Drew

Friday, 5 April 2019

6:00pm

1 hour

Weston Lecture Theatre

£7 - £12.50

The ‘Chinese Solzhenitsyn’ Ma Jian talks about his new novel China Dream, a poetic fable about tyranny, guilt and the erasure of history.

The novel charts the psychological disintegration of a Chinese provincial leader haunted by his violent past in seven dream-like episodes. It is a biting satire of totalitarian rule and of a nation blinded by materialism and governed by violence and lies.

Ma Jian’s first novel, Stick Out Your Tongue, led to the banning of his books in China. His previous novel, The Dark Road, led to a ban on him returning to China. He lives in exile in London and his books have been translated into 20 languages. Here he talks to his translator and partner Flora Drew.

The first China Lecture in 2018 was given by the Man Asian Literary Prize Winner Su Tong. His novella, Wives and Concubines, was filmed as the acclaimed Raise the Red Lantern.

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BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford FT Weekend Title partner New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 10th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Eynsham Hall Sloane Club British Humanist Association The Story Museum Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden