Ma Jian | Brief Biography


Ma Jian | Brief Biography’

Ma Jian  Brief Biography

Ma Jian | Brief Biography

Ma Jian is a prominent Chinese author who is best known for his controversial and politically charged works. Born in Qingdao, China in 1953, Ma Jian has lived and traveled extensively throughout China, Europe, and the Middle East. His experiences and observations have greatly influenced his writing, which often addresses themes of political dissent, social injustice, and the complexities of contemporary Chinese society.

Ma Jian began his career as a photographer and worked as a photojournalist in the 1980s. He was also a prominent figure in the Beijing cultural scene and was associated with the ‘Beijing Spring’ movement, which sought to promote artistic expression and freedom of speech in China.

Ma Jian’s first book, “Stick Out Your Tongue,” was published in 1987 and immediately drew controversy for its frank and unflinching depiction of life in Tibet. The book, which was banned in China, was a collection of short stories that offered a glimpse into the lives of Tibetan nomads and the harsh realities of living under Chinese rule.

Ma Jian’s second book, “Red Dust,” was published in 2000 and became a bestseller in the UK and Europe. The book, which is a memoir, recounts Ma Jian’s travels through China, from the desolate Tibet Plateau to the bustling streets of Beijing, and explores the complex and rapidly changing landscape of contemporary China.

In 2003, Ma Jian published his first novel, “The Noodle Maker,” which was hailed as a masterpiece by literary critics and readers alike. The book, which was inspired by Ma Jian’s own experiences as a young man, tells the story of a Beijing noodle maker who is struggling to come to terms with the rapidly changing world around him.

Ma Jian’s most recent book, “China Dream,” was published in 2018 and once again caused controversy for its unflinching depiction of the Chinese political system. The book, which is a satire, imagines a future where the Chinese government uses its ‘China Dream’ propaganda campaign to control the minds of its citizens and erase their memories.

Ma Jian is widely regarded as one of China’s most important and influential authors. His works have been translated into over 20 languages and have been published in over 40 countries. 0 0 0.


“Ma Jian: The writer who shone a light on the dark side of China,” The Guardian, September 8, 2018
Ma Jian: The novelist taking on China’s censorship,” BBC News, August 29, 2018
“Ma Jian: The dissident who fled China,” Financial Times, June 6, 2018
“Ma Jian: The exile who defied Beijing,” The New Yorker, August 31, 2018
“Ma Jian: The author who exposes the dark side of China,” The Independent, August 26, 2018 ***

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