Dai Wei has been unconscious for almost a decade. A medical student and a pro-democracy protester in Tiananmen Square in June 1989, he was struck by a soldier’s bullet and fell into a deep coma. As soon as the hospital authorities discovered that he had been an activist, his mother was forced to take him home. She allowed pharmacists access to his body and sold his urine a...more
Must-Read! Ein absolutes Must-Read auf so vielen Ebenen...
Dai Wei, a Beijing University student, has been shot in the head in the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre. The story proper begins as the narrator switches to Dai Wei, now in a coma.
We journey with Wei, from his birth, childhood and adulthood, to finality. We see him falling for his childhood love Lulu, who later betrays him; a Hongkongese A- ...more
To be more precise, Dai Wei has been lying in a coma for ten years, having been shot in the head during the Tiananmen Square massacre of June 4, 1989, in which hundreds of protesters, many university students, were killed by government troops.
He is paralysed from head to toe, but is still able to hear, think and remember: “A portion of your bra ...more
Old Opinion from 2013: Ma Jian's Beijing Coma is probably one of the best novels I have read this year. It is so beautifully written, and haunting. My eyes were opened and I have learned so much about the Tiananmen Square Massacre and Protests through this book and I have also done my own research. I knew about the Tiananmen Square protests before I read the ...more
Initially I was much more taken by the background story – what had happened to the family, especially the father, in the past. As this rolled into Tiananmen Square, things in the background slowed way down, and I found myself fascinated by the coma story, especially the incredible sensitivity to sounds and smells.
There seemed to be a substantial para ...more
This is the story of the massacre of student protesters at Tiananmen Square. It is also the story of their fathers and grandfathers and the torture and injustice they suffered during Chairman Mao's Cultural Revolution.
The narrator lies in a coma after taking a bullet to the head while fleeing from the crackdown on student act ...more
lens of the Tianamenen Square 1989 events. While that is the focal
point, the story spans long before and long after. Working in the
history of brutality of the Cultural Revolution, set the table for the
outrage at the events of 1989, but the chaos and in-bred ennui
of the "leaders" made for a jarring juxtaposition.
Less successful a juxtaposition, the text switching senteces of poetic
ramblings from some alleged ancient manuscript an ...more
As someone who was in Tinanmen Square during the weeks leading up to the tragedy, Ma Jian is perfectly placed to reflect on his country's history. However, it is the way he frames his story that m ...more
Vent’anni dopo la strage di piazza Tian’anmen quei ragazzi che pensavano di diventare “martiri gloriosi”, uccisi dall’esercito e non dalla polizia, non hanno cambiato proprio niente. La loro morte, oggi lo possiamo dire, è stata inutile, anzi ha distrutto l’ala riformista del partito comunista e ha precipitato la Cina nel vortice ...more
Whilst I have some minor criticisms of the telling of the tale I am glad I perserved through what I perceived slightly dull bits as it truely is an amazing novel and an achievement by Ma Jian of attempting to tell the truth.
My majo ...more
Beschrieben wird das Geschehen aus Sicht von Dai Wei. Er liegt seit Jahren im Koma, nachdem er bei den Kämpfen zur Niederschlagung der Studentenbewegung im Juni 1989 angeschossen wurde. Nun erinnert er sich an seine Kindheit, vor allem an seinen Vater, der als Rechtsabweichler gebrandmarkt wurde ...more
It is unforgettable and despite the tedious attention to detail in parts, is a book, I would recommend that everyone read.
Beijing Coma follows the story of Dai Wei, a student leader who falls into a coma after being shot during the Tiananmen Square Massacre of 1989.
From inside his involuntarily immobile flesh, Dai Wei remembers his life mostly as a PHD student at Beijing University and his role in the events that lead to the massacre. His mind also meande ...more
But in 1986, Ma moved to Hong Kong after a clampdown by the Chinese government in which most of his works were banned.
He moved again in 1997 to Germany, but only stayed for two years; moving to England in 1999 - where he now lives with his partner and translator Flora Dre ...more