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Summary

In 1983, Ma Jian turned 30 and was overwhelmed by the desire to escape the confines of his life in Beijing. Deng Xiaoping was clamping down on 'Spiritual Pollution'; young people were rebelling.

With his long hair, jeans and artistic friends, Ma Jian was under surveillance. One day he bought a train ticket to the westernmost border of China and set off in search of himself.

©2001 Ma Jian (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

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"His trek through China to Tibet is a beautiful, disturbing read – a new Wild Swans" ( Observer)
"Honest, raw, insightful... The Chinese equivalent of On the Road" ( Time)

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Excellent, but all Chinese place names were pronounced incorrectly. If one is to narrate a book filled with Chinese place names, surely one should spend a short amount of time learning the rules of pronunciation (according to the pinyin system) rather than just guessing how to pronounce every word and getting it wrong.

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