Dream of Ding Village
Set in a poor village in Henan province, it is a deeply moving and beautifully written account of a blood-selling scandal in contemporary China. As the book opens, the town di
The bow moved horizontally gently tickling the erhu, the melody of a folk song lingered amongst the chilly air as it fleeted through several blank stares, hopeful hearts and frail bodies. The bones shivered in the starry night while the robust voice of Ma Xianglin danced to the tunes of the fiddle; the smell of stale blood fading in the stench of a blood merchant. As Ma Xianglin sang, the bright-red bridal jacket matched wits with Lingling’s cheeks as they blushed to Ding Liang’s flirty stares. ...more
But the story becomes more horrifying once you know that it is real - Henan Province in China experimented with a 'Plasma Economy' system in the 1990s, offering villagers money for blood donations. But the program is a disaster - using dirty cotton balls, mixing multiple blood samples in a centrifuge, a ...more
negli anni novanta in Cina il governo incoraggiò la vendita di sangue tra i contadini, come fonte accessoria di reddito,
il tutto avvenne senza controlli igienici e l'AIDS si diffuse in tutta una regione con un numero incalcolabile di vittime
il libro parla della storia del Villaggio dei Ding, e della fine dei loro sogni
da questo libro è stato tratto un film che è stato presentato alla Festa del cinema di R ...more
It's certainly something different, in any case. Parts of it are gorgeously written, though overall I didn't find the prose powerful exactly; even when writing of illness and death, this feels like a fable, like it's detached. Still, it's interesting -- and I think the first book ...more
It's the story of Ding Village told from the unnamed dead narrator and its fall due to AIDS. It's a recent story - poorer regions of China hoped to improve their lives by selling their blood. The trade was quickly privatized, a lot of corners were cut, the blood buyers kept on re-using needles with the effect that Hepatitis and HIV spread quickly (here's a good write-up from The Economist).
The story itself is told mostly with the dead child's grandfather as ...more
Die Chinesen hatten schon immer ein besonderes, relativ gelassenes Verhältnis zum Tod. Eine Mischung aus Fatalismus und dem festen Glauben an ein Leben nach dem irdischen Tod sorgt dafür, dass man sich mehr darum kümmerte, wie man starb, als dass man starb. Nachkommen, die die Riten für die Verstorbenen durchführen, ein schöner Sarg, und die meisten waren zufrieden.
Der Sarg spielt sowieso in diesem Roman eine große Rolle. Je größer, schöner und besseres Holz verwendend, um ...more
We meet Ding Hui the “Bloodhead” who becomes a very wealthy man cajoling the villagers to sell him their blood. Then there’s Ding Liang, Ding Hui’s brother who becomes infected with t ...more
Longlisted for the 2011 MAN Asian Literary Prize, 'Dream of Ding Village' is as gruelling as you might expect given its subject matter. But Lianke lends it an extra dimension by employing his trademark satire and black humour to devastating effect.
Lianke's most famous work, 'Serving The People', about an affair between ...more
The poor but peaceful village has been invaded by a disease. Greed has turned villager against villager, hu ...more
Qiang’s narration details how the dirt-poor villagers were coerced into selling their blood at Government-sanctione ...more
Dream of Ding Village was a very good read. Every once in a while it's nice to find a read from an Eastern writer, a translated pie ...more
This book merits quite a lengthy review, you know, the kind hated by most people who are just looking to see if it's g ...more
Ding Village is a microcosm of society: it has been a small, inconsequential part of China’s backdrop for centuries. Its traditions and ways of being have withstood all kinds of change over time, but the onset of HIV/AIDS means it is doomed.
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Il primo libro di un autore cinese che leggo, e su un tema abbastanza pesante come l’esplosione dell’epidemia di HIV nella campagna cinese in seguito alla decisione dello stato di comprare il sangue dai cittadini, per creare una banca del sangue.
E sopratutto, in seguito ai metodi poco ortodossi e affatto igienici con cui l’intera operazione era stata portata avanti dai dirigenti locali.
Invece la lettura è agevole e scorrevole, leggera e quasi ...more
There is nothing romantic or heroic here (other than one central relationship, arguably) as most of the book is concerned with the villagers' preoccupations with saving face, ...more
Nevertheless, it's an important story — and one that needs to be told if we are to learn anything about the value of our health, prevention of disease and the importance of proper regulated medical care.
It is set in a village in rural China devastated by the AIDS ...more
This novel is told through the eyes of a young dead boy, the son of a local “blood merchant”. However the boy is not the central character here, with the father Ding Hui, his brother Ding ...more
Yan Lianke provides a fictional account of government-mandated blood donations in China during the 1990s. Rural villagers were lured into giving up their blood for cash hand-outs by "blood heads" who exploited them ...more