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Red Dust

(2001)
A Path Through China
A non fiction book by

 
 
In 1983, Ma Jian turned 30 and was overwhelmed by the desire to escape the confines of his life in Beijing. All aroun him, china was changing. Deng Xiaoping was introducing economic reform but clamping down on "spiritual pollution"; young people were rebelling. With his long hair, denim jeans and artistic friends, Ma Jian was under surveillance from his work unit and the police. His ex-wife was seeking custody of their daughter; his girlfriend was sleeping with another man; and he could no longer find the inspiration to write or paint. One day he bought a train ticket to the westernmost border of China and set of in search of himself. Ma Jian's journey would last three years and take him to deserts and overpopulated cities, from scenes of barbarity to havens of tranquility and beauty. The result is an insight into the teeming contradictions of China that only a man who was both an insider and an outsider in his own country could have written.

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"One of the most important and courageous voices in Chinese literature." - Gao Xingjian


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Hardback Editions

November 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: Red Dust: A Path Through China
Author(s): Ma Jian
ISBN: 0-375-42059-2 / 978-0-375-42059-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pantheon
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Paperback Editions

August 2006 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Red Dust (Vintage East)
Author(s): Ma Jian
ISBN: 0-09-949084-6 / 978-0-09-949084-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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May 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: Red Dust
Author(s): Ma Jian
ISBN: 0-09-928329-8 / 978-0-09-928329-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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November 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: Red Dust: A Path Through China
Author(s): Ma Jian
ISBN: 0-385-72023-8 / 978-0-385-72023-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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May 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Red Dust
Author(s): Ma Jian
ISBN: 0-7011-6912-5 / 978-0-7011-6912-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Audio Editions

January 2014 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Red Dust
Author(s): Ma Jian
ISBN: 1-4712-5290-6 / 978-1-4712-5290-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

July 2010 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Red Dust
Author(s): Ma Jian
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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December 2007 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Red Dust: A Path Through China
Author(s): Ma Jian
Publisher: Anchor
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