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by Ma Jian

Free eBook Beijing Coma: A Novel download ISBN: 0312428367
Author: Ma Jian
Publisher: Picador; First edition (June 9, 2009)
Language: English
Pages: 720
Category: Imaginative Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
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Rating: 4.4
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Ma Jian left Beijing for Hong Kong in 1987 as a dissident, but he continued to travel to China, and he supported the pro-democracy activists in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Ma Jian left Beijing for Hong Kong in 1987 as a dissident, but he continued to travel to China, and he supported the pro-democracy activists in Tiananmen Square in 1989. After the handover of Hong Kong he moved to Germany and then London, where he now lives. Библиографические данные. Beijing Coma: A Novel.

Part of what gives its highly energized, manic edge is the fierceness of Ma Jian's conviction that it might be possible for a work of literature to function as a lifeline to cast out into the world

Part of what gives its highly energized, manic edge is the fierceness of Ma Jian's conviction that it might be possible for a work of literature to function as a lifeline to cast out into the world. A courageous and clarion writer.

Beijing Coma is a 2008 novel by Ma Jian. It was translated from Chinese by Flora Drew. The Chinese government has since banned the book

Beijing Coma is a 2008 novel by Ma Jian. The Chinese government has since banned the book. Ma has stated that he wrote the book "to reclaim history from a totalitarian government whose role is to erase it" and named the novel Beijing Coma in reference to this. Beijing Coma was nominated in 2009 for the Man Booker Prize and is one of the New York Times "100 Notable Books of 2008".

Ma Jian (born 18 August 1953) is a Chinese-born British writer. Ma was born in Qingdao, a city in Shandong Province on China's Yellow Sea coast, on 18 August 1953. As a child, he was the pupil of a painter who had been persecuted as a Rightist. After his school education was cut short by the Cultural Revolution, he studied by himself, copying out a Chinese dictionary word by word. At fifteen, he joined a propaganda arts troupe, and was later assigned a job as a watchmender's apprentice

Spiked with dark wit, poetic beauty, and deep rage, this extraordinary novel confirms his place as one of the world’s most significant living writers.

Dai Wei has been unconscious for almost a decade  . Spiked with dark wit, poetic beauty, and deep rage, this extraordinary novel confirms his place as one of the world’s most significant living writers.

Ma Jian’s new novel, Beijing Coma, reads like a curious amalgam of Jung Chang’s epic . If we don’t take a stand now, we will be erased from the history books. Translated by Flora Drew.

Ma Jian’s new novel, Beijing Coma, reads like a curious amalgam of Jung Chang’s epic Wild Swans (about three generations of her Chinese family), Jean-Dominique Bauby’s memoir The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (about the author’s life before and after a stroke left him almost completely paralyzed) and Kafka’s unfinished novel The Castle (about . The economy is developing at a frantic pace. A medical student and a pro-democracy protestor in Tiananmen Square in June 1989, he was struck by a soldier’s bullet and fell into a deep coma. As soon as the hospital authorities discovered that he had been an activist, his mother was forced to take him home.

I bet you could brew five cups from that bag. Apparently, in the hotels where foreigners stay, there are baskets of tea bags like that in all the rooms. I glanced at the photographs under the table’s glass top and said, ‘You’ve got lots of family photos. On the cabinet by the wall there was a radio, a bust of Chairman Mao and an inflatable plastic swan. A calendar issued by the local family planning office was pinned to the wall above. Wang Long’s mother works in a foreigners’ hotel,’ Lulu said

On the cover of Ma Jian’s new novel, an ancient tree is exploding in all . In the novel, all times come to us in the present tense Beijing’s censorship of his books – banned for the last 30 years – has been effective.

On the cover of Ma Jian’s new novel, an ancient tree is exploding in all directions, its branches seeming to lash out at the heavens. Designed by another exile from China, artist Ai Weiwei, the image is a haunting doorway into China Dream, a biting and humane novel of stunning concision in which buried dreams and past betrayals erupt into the present moment. In the novel, all times come to us in the present tense. Ai Weiwei’s ancient tree on the cover is, it appears, detonating its branches into the now. Even an orgy can’t help the beleaguered Ma Daode stay in the moment. Beijing’s censorship of his books – banned for the last 30 years – has been effective.

Beijing Coma : A Novel. Beijing Coma is told through the eyes of Dai Wei, a student protester who falls into a coma after the Tienanmen Square protest of 1989. Book Format: Choose an option. Dai Wei's recounting of the energy of the student protesters brings their movement to life and details of life in China highlight the practices the students were fighting against. However, one of the most interesting things about this novel is the depiction of the changes China experienced after the Tienanmen Square protest.

Dai Wei, a PhD student and protestor in Tiananmen Square in June 1989, was caught by a soldier's bullet and fell into a deep coma. But as the millennium draws near, he begins to emerge from unconsciousness, and to sense the massive changes in his country. At once a powerful allegory of a rising China, and a seminal story of the Tiananmen Square protests, Beijing Coma is Ma Jian's masterpiece.

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Velellan
Beijing Coma is at once a detailed history of the run up to the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, a tragic story about sympathetic characters and an unflinching attack of the legitimacy of the Chinese Communist Party.

The conscious but paralysed protagonist, being unable to speak of his experiences is of course an allegory for the status of the victims of the crackdown – wounded, or worse, yet unable to speak about it – and the narrative paints a powerful picture of this event that is at once so hugely significant in the history and development of contemporary China yet also absolutely unmentionable in public discourse. Another example of an event so important being so unmentionable is arguably impossible to find in the world.

However, this story can really bum you out at times particularly so as it is based on real events, even though the thoughtful political timeline (going all the way back to the Cultural Revolution) and various insights along with a few peculiar descriptions of sex serve as a distraction from the crushing sadness of the narrative. But then I suppose that when faced with something as depressing as the Liu-si incident and the subsequent repression that followed it, this is the appropriate tone.
Armin
After being hit by a soldiers bullet in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, PhD student Dai Wei falls into a coma only to awaken ten years later in what is a very different China. While new freedoms have been won, the Communist Party will still not tolerate criticism and is ready to crack down on both real and perceived threats to its rule - "same as the old boss."

The book drags at times (after all, dude's in a coma) but is a very worthwhile read, especially for a gweilo like me whose only real exposure to the Tiananmen uprisings was through newspapers and news reports. Beijing Coma: A Novel is a perfect companion read to Zhao Ziyang's Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Premier Zhao Ziyang. It is a beautifully written book and I will definitely read more by Ma Jian.
Zainn
This was a very strange book, but then all of Ma Jian's books, even his memoir Red Dust are out there on the edge. The premise was an interesting one- tell the story of 1989 from inside the head of one of its victims, now in a coma. I have read a lot of books on 20th century Chinese history, and even though this book was fiction, much of the picture of Tiananmen Square rang true. I found it fascinating how petty the student leaders became at times in this story. If this was in fact a somewhat accurate depiction, it adds to the real story of what happened. Ma Jian is a good storyteller, and even though this was a long book with a lot of characters and sub-plots, I enjoyed it immensely. Highly recommended.
Hirah
Sadly I have to agree with many of the reviews. I say sadly because the story had a lot of potential, but it is so detailed that it becomes unbearable. After 200 pages or I dont know how many going on and on about the students discussions and daily arguments, I had the impression I was not advancing into the book. Sadly I had to quit. I cannot bear the thought of 300 pages more on the same...
Gabar
Ma Jian's Beijing Coma was a really enlightening novel. I learned so much about China- the good and the bad. This novel exposed me for the first time to the horrifying Cultural Revolution and the Tiananmen Square massacre- really important events that no one bothered to teach in high school history. What you find in this book will alternatively inspire and infuriate you, and at no time will Ma Jian leave you feeling apathetic.
The writing in this novel is unique. The narration is delivered with a certain sparsity and emotionless quality, but is occasionally punctuated with incredibly poignant and striking images and revelations that take you aback and force you to pause and reflect. The novel reminds me a bit of the fiction of Sartre and Camus, but with distinguishing elements that are Ma Jian's own.
In any case, the novel is brilliant. Read it. It is an accessible opportunity to experience the richness of another culture's literature.
net rider
Too long and too detailed. Editor, editor, where's the editor.?
Doukasa
This novel presents the history of modern China in grim detail, especially through the horrors suffered by the narrator's family. Its account of the Tiananmen square uprising is probably a bit detailed for most readers, but overall the novel conveyed powerfully the upheaval of the Cultural Revolution and the youth experience at the time of Tiananmen Square. I found the story of the narrator's mother's decline particularly moving.
It tells an entertaining and pretty unbelievable story. My wife, who is from Mainland China, tells me that the stories told about in the book, as disgusting as they might be, are completely true. Well worth reading for anyone interested in the recent history of China.