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The Resource Beijing Coma, Ma Jian ; translated fro the Chinese by Flora Drew

Beijing Coma, Ma Jian ; translated fro the Chinese by Flora Drew

Label
Beijing Coma
Title
Beijing Coma
Statement of responsibility
Ma Jian ; translated fro the Chinese by Flora Drew
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Language
  • eng
  • chi
  • eng
Summary
"Beijing Coma takes the life (and near-death) of one young student to create a novel of China's recent, painful past and uneasy future." "May 1989. Tens of thousands of students are camped out in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. What started as a united protest at the slow pace of political reform has begun to lose direction; people from all over China are joining the demonstration and the students at its heart are confused by the influence they suddenly wield. One of them, Dai Wei, argues with his friends about everything from democracy to the distribution of food to protestors, little knowing that, on 4 June, a soldier will shoot a bullet into his head, sending him into a deep coma." "Dai Wei lies immobile in his mother's Beijing flat; his body has become his prison, but his memories offer a means of escape. We watch him fall in love, drop out of school, arrive at university - and become increasingly politicised. From his coma, Dai Wei can't see or move, but he can hear what's happening in the world beyond: his mother's struggle to keep him alive; the government's attempt to suppress all memory of the Tiananmen Square Massacre; his friends' involvement in China's frenetic capitalism. As the minute-by-minute chronicling of the lead-up to his shooting becomes ever more intense, the reader is caught up in a gripping emotional journey where the boundaries between life and death are increasingly blurred." "History, memory, freedom. Beijing Coma explores the fundamental building blocks of society - the basic rights without which human beings cannot survive. At the same time, it is about the small things: the beauty of a tree, the taste of a dumpling, the scent of a woman. Ma Jian's characters haunt the reader long after the novel's final page, as he defiantly asserts the value of each and every life, whilst describing in crystalline detail a moment in history when individuals became numbers. If speaking the painful truth is the highest form of love, then this book is a love song to a country that seems so often bent on crushing its citizens' right to feel."--BOOK JACKET
Summary
Dai Wei lies in his bedroom, a prisoner in his body, after he was shot in the head at the Tiananmen Square protest ten years earlier and left in a coma. As his mother tends to him, and his friends bring news of their lives in an almost unrecognisable China, Dai Wei escapes into his memories.
Award
New York Times Notable Book, 2008
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266456
Cataloging source
UKM
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1953-
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Ma, Jian
Index
no index present
Language note
Translated from the Chinese
Literary form
novels
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Drew, Flora
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True
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  • Medical students
  • Coma
  • Social change
  • China
  • China
Target audience
adult
Label
Beijing Coma, Ma Jian ; translated fro the Chinese by Flora Drew
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
000043103243
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
586 p.
Isbn
9780701182670
Label
Beijing Coma, Ma Jian ; translated fro the Chinese by Flora Drew
Publication
Control code
000043103243
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
586 p.
Isbn
9780701182670

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