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Dream of Ding Village (丁庄梦)

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Yan Lianke (阎连科)
Grove Press/麦田出版社
Hardcover: 352 pages/平装:352页
January 4, 2011/April 30, 2006

Dream of Ding Village is the story of a blood collection craze that led to an outbreak of HIV/AIDS and a huge loss of life in rural Hunan due to poor transfusion/collection practices and lack of regulations and national oversight. Yan’s prose is a pleasure to read: neither overly dense nor overly simplistic. Yan has admitted that he self-censored his book in order to get it published, yet it was still banned after its first run.

Recommended by AW.