Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday, July 1, 2021.
Presented alongside the Chautauqua Lecture Series, Ma Jian’s work — an unflinching satire of totalitarianism — offers a counternarrative to the sweeping “China Dream” of President Xi Jinping’s administration. The novel exposes the damage inflicted on a nation’s soul when authoritarian regimes, driven by an insatiable hunger for power, seek to erase memory, rewrite history, and falsify the truth, China Dream is a dystopian vision of repression, violence, and state–imposed amnesia that is set not in the future, but in China today.
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