Ma Jian Quotes

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Ma Jian Quotes

I wanted to analyse and understand how the Chinese people could have their lives so crushed by fear.
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Everything I was I carry with me, everything I will be lies waiting on the road ahead.

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On July 3, 1968, Chairman Mao issued an order calling for the ruthless suppression of class enemies. He wanted all members of the Five Black Categories to be eliminated, together with TWENTY THREE NEW TYPES of enemy , which included anyone who had ever served as a policeman before the Liberation, or who had been sent to prison or labor camp. And not only them but their family and distant relatives as well.
That's a lot of people.
Yes. Just think, the literal meaning of the Chinese characters for "revolution" is "elimination of life

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I paint as the mood takes me- it is an emotional release. But in this society moods and images can incriminate you. Writing is much safer for me. I can hide myself behind a maze of words and the details of people's lives.

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I meant that the Chinese people are not aware of their own entrapment. They believe they live in a free society, but don't realize how much they are being monitored and controlled, how much the information they receive is restricted and warped, until they step out of line, that is, and feel the heavy hand of the state fall on them.

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I am completely in favour of dialogue and engagement. But it must be a true, open dialogue.

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I left Beijing in 1987, shortly before my books were banned there, but have returned continually.

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I am a writer. Being critical is a writer's responsibility.

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I wanted to analyse and understand how the Chinese people could have their lives so crushed by fear.

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Red Dust was about the late 1980s; it was a time of burgeoning hopes and opening up and people searching for new ways.

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Tyrannies not only want to control your mind and thoughts but your flesh as well.

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While I was writing 'Stick Out Your Tongue' in Beijing, the police began knocking on my door again. As soon as I finished the book, I moved to Hong Kong so that I could work undisturbed on my next novel.

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