The Noodle Maker

The Noodle Maker

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
A satirical novel exploring society in post-Tiananmen China journeys into the world of individuals whose lives are controlled, shaped, and beaten by politics and fate.

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"One of the most important and courageous voices in Chinese literature." --Gao Xingjian, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature

From the highly acclaimed Ma Jian comes a satirical and powerfully written novel about the absurdities and cruelties of life in a post-Tianamen China caught between the provincialism of totalitarian politics and the seductions of Western-style capitalism.

Two men, a writer of political propaganda and a professional blood donor, meet for dinner each week. Over the course of one drunken evening, the writer recounts the stories he would write, had he the courage: a young man buys an old kiln from an art school and opens a private crematorium, delighting in his ability to harass the corpses of police officers and Party secretaries, while swooning to banned Western music; a heartbroken actress performs a public suicide by stepping into the jaws of a wild tiger, watched nonchalantly by her ex-lover. Extraordinary characters inspire him, their lives pulled and pummeled by fate and politics, as if they are balls of dough in the hands of an all-powerful noodle maker.

Ma Jian's satirical masterpiece allows us a humorous, yet profound glimpse of those struggling to survive under a system that dictates their every move.


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A satirical novel exploring the absurdities and cruelties of society in post-Tiananmen China journeys into the world of individuals whose lives are controlled, shaped, and beaten by politics and fate. By the award-winning author of Red Dust.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005
ISBN: 9780374223076
0374223076
Branch Call Number: PL2948.J53 N66 2005
Fiction Ma
Characteristics: 181 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Drew, Flora
Alternative Title: Lamianzhe

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