The Noodle Maker

The Noodle Maker

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Every week, a writer of political propaganda and a professional blood donor meet for dinner. They are unlikely friends - one of them tortured by his 'art', the other fat and wealthy from the earthy business of providing spare blood for the citizens of China.

Over the course of one especially gastronomic evening, the writer starts to complain about his latest Party commission: the story of an ordinary soldier who sacrifices his life to the revolutionary cause. This is not the novel he wants to write, he tells his friend. Inside his head lives an unwritten book about the people he knows or sees everyday on the streets - people who lives are far more representative of the world in which he lives...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 13mm | 138g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 009945906X
  • 9780099459064
  • 174,794

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"Deep black humour...owes a debt to Italo Calvino"
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"Compelling, inventive and bleakly funny" * Big Issue * "Deep black humour...owes a debt to Italo Calvino" * Daily Telegraph * "Ma's writing shines a light that is both humane and angry into some of the dustiest corners of a closed and often forgotten society" * Observer * "Playful and wonderfully dark...a Chinese Kundera" -- Philip Marsden
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About Ma Jian

MA JIAN was born in Qingdao, China, in 1953. He is the author of Stick Out Your Tongue, his debut novel which in 1987 led to the permanent banning of his books in China; Red Dust, winner of the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award; four collections of short stories and essays; and six further novels, including Beijing Coma, winner of the Index on Censorship Book Award and the Athens Prize for Literature. His last book, The Dark Road, nominated for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, saw him barred from returning to China. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He now lives in exile in London.
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768 ratings
3.41 out of 5 stars
5 15% (114)
4 33% (251)
3 36% (276)
2 12% (92)
1 5% (35)
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