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The Dark Road
  1. Catriona Gunn
  1. Specialty Doctor in Sexual Health, Chalmers Sexual Health Centre, Edinburgh, UK;

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Ma Jian. London, UK: Chatto & Windus, 2013. ISBN-13: 978-0-701-18753-8. Price: £14.99. Pages: 368 (paperback)

The Dark Road by Ma Jian, a Chinese author and artist living in London, is set in contemporary rural China and is, as the title suggests, dark. It is disturbing and thought-provoking but compelling.

Meili is a peasant girl, who lives with her husband and young daughter in a remote village, in the heart of his family, surrounded by the traditions of their people. He has standing as the village schoolteacher. …

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