by MA JIAN
Ma Jian's latest novel Beijing Coma, captures the horrors that occurred in Tiananmen Square in June 1989.
The main protagonist is PhD student Dai Wei, who is shot in the head by the army. Lying in a coma Dai Wei is conscious yet unable to communicate and can only absorb the world around him by listening to conversations between his mother and visitors to the flat.
Whilst motionless in his bed, cut off from everyone, with only his memories for company his past comes back to haunt him.
Beijing Coma, is published by Chatto & Windus.