In 1983, Ma Jian turned 30 and was overwhelmed by the desire to escape the confines of his life in Beijing. Deng Xiaoping was clamping down on 'Spiritual Pollution'; young people were rebelling.
With his long hair, jeans and artistic friends, Ma Jian was under surveillance. One day he bought a train ticket to the westernmost border of China and set off in search of himself.
"His trek through China to Tibet is a beautiful, disturbing read – a new Wild Swans" (Observer)
"Honest, raw, insightful... The Chinese equivalent of On the Road" (Time)
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