The life and death of an entire community is told by a dead boy. His story reveals the moral vacuum at the heart of Communist-capitalist China. During a blood-contamination scandal in Henan province, villagers sell their blood, their coffins, and then arrange marriages for their own dead family members in the afterlife.
'It's sharp, fresh, sexy, funny and highly recommended' Sydney Morning Herald 'Drips with the kind of satire that can only come from deep within the machinery of Chinese communism' Financial Times
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'Dream of Ding Village paints a riveting and disturbing portrait of village life in the grip of epidemic...as an expose of mind-boggling greed, corruption and failure of government in the spread of AIDS through blood-selling, Ding Village is powerful and peerless.' Sydney Morning Herald 'Based on the blood-selling scandal in Lianke's home province of Henan, this is a devastating tale...As China rushes headlong into the global economy, it's a stark warning.' Adelaide Advertiser 'The Chinese novelist Yan Lianke is one of that country's greatest literary exports...[Dream of Ding Village] can be read on several levels, as the story of a rural village; as a description of several power struggles; as a ghost story; as a portrait of a regime gone mad.' Otago Daily Times
Short-listed for Man Asian Literary Award 2011
Short-listed for Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2012 (UK)
' Dream of Ding Village paints a riveting and disturbing portrait of village life in the grip of epidemic...as an expose of mind-boggling greed, corruption and failure of government in the spread of AIDS through blood-selling, Ding Village is powerful and peerless.'
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