The Dark Road

by Ma Jian

The Dark Road

Hardcover, 352 pages, Penguin Press, List Price: $25.95 | purchase

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The Chinese dissident author of Stick Out Your Tongue explores the human cost of China's one-child policy as reflected by a rural family on the run from the state, describing how a cultural imperative to have a son prompted their decision to conceive a second child before becoming subject to cruel government practices of enforced abortion and sterilization.

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Ma Jian presents a disturbing and powerful novel about a family on the run in rural China, escaping persecution for violating the country's one-child policy. When the government begins forced abortions and sterilizations in their village, Meili (pregnant with their second child), her husband, Kongzi, and their 2-year-old daughter leave the village on a rickety houseboat down the Yangtze River. On the run and without permits to live or work, they are literally unmoored, living on the river,

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