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Beijing Coma by Ma Jian
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Jan 06, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: china, contemporary-fiction
Read from December 25, 2011 to January 06, 2012

A fascinating portrait of China and its recent history. Beijing Coma is told through the eyes of Dai Wei, a student protester who falls into a coma after the Tienanmen Square protest of 1989. Dai Wei's recounting of the energy of the student protesters brings their movement to life and details of life in China highlight the practices the students were fighting against. However, one of the most interesting things about this novel is the depiction of the changes China experienced after the Tienanmen Square protest. Despite his coma, Dai Wei hears of the changes, of the new kinds of jobs, of new technologies, and the transformation of China he grew up in. I would recommend this novel to anyone with an interest in China today.

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