Ma Jian – The Dark Road
Yan Lianke – Lenin’s Kisses
With Boyd Tonkin
Ma Jian’s powerful new novel explores the realm between the absurd and reality when a young family embarks on a fugitive life to escape from China’s population control policy. Yan’s Lenin’s Kisses, a provocative comic novel, is the story of a village that decides, with a combination of capitalism and communism, to raise money to buy Lenin’s embalmed corpse with the aim of attracting tourists to it’s sleepy district.
Born in China and living in London, Ma Jian is the author of Stick Out Your Tongue, which in 1987 led to the permanent banning of his books in China. His other novels are Red Dust, winner of the Thomas Cook Book Award,The Noodlemaker, and Beijing Coma, which narrated the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 and was hailed as “a landmark work of fiction”.
Yan Lianke, called by the Guardian: “one of China’s greatest living authors and fiercest satirists”, has been short-listed for the Man Booker International Prize, to be awarded on 22 May. He has been shortlisted for both the Man Asian Literary Prize and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and is winner of China’s most prestigious awards: the Lao She and the Lu Xun. He is author of numerous novels including Dream of Ding Village and Serve the People!. His most renowned works have been banned in China.
Flora Drew is the translator of Ma Jian’s works. She studied Chines at SOAS and has worked in television and filmThey will be speaking with Boyd Tonkin, Literary Editor of The Independent. An award winning journalist, he has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes. He has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize and the David Cohen Prize..
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