The Noodle Maker: A Novel

From Mi Jian, the hugely acclaimed chinese language dissident, comes a satirical novel in regards to the absurdities of lifestyles in a post-Tiananmen China.

Two males meet for dinner every one week. Over the process the sort of drunken evenings, the author recounts the tales he may write, had he the braveness: a tender guy buys an outdated kiln and opens a personal crematorium, delighting in his skill to bother the corpses of cops and occasion secretaries, whereas swooning to banned Western track; a heartbroken actress plays a public suicide via moving into the jaws of a wild tiger, watched nonchalantly by means of her ex-lover. remarkable characters encourage him, their lives pulled and pummeled via destiny and politics, as though they're balls of dough within the palms of an omnipotent noodle maker.

Ma Jian's satirical masterpiece permits us a funny, but profound, glimpse of these suffering to outlive lower than a approach that dictates their each move.

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