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Beijing intellectual Chen Zhen volunteers to live in a remote settlement on the border of Inner and Outer Mongolia, where he discovers life of apparent idyllic simplicity amongst the nomads and the wild wolves who roam the plains. But when members of the People’s Republic swarm in from the cities to bring modernity and productivity to the grasslands, the peace of Chen’s solitary existence is shattered, and the delicate balance between humans and wolves is disrupted. Only time will tell whether the grasslands’ environment and culture will ever recover…

Wolf Totem has been a sensation ever since it shot to the top of the Chinese bestseller charts in 2004. A beautiful and moving portrayal of a land and culture that no longer exists, it is also a powerful portrait of modern China and a fascinating insight into the country’s own view of itself, its history and its people.

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"A passionate argument about the complex interrelationship between nomads and settlers, animals and human beings, nature and culture. The slowly developing narrative is rendered in vivid detail and has a powerful cumulative effect. A book like no other. Memorable"
-- Adrienne Clarkson, chair of the judges of the first Man Asia Literary Prize

"A book that is crushing, direct and absolute - much, it could be said, like China itself" -- Daily Telegraph

"An explosive, ultimately tragic, combination of social documentary and action adventure...a book that is crushing, direct and absolute - much, it could be said, like China itself" -- Daily Telegraph

"The best Chinese book I've read for many years and the only really good novel. Enlightening, poignant, mysterious -- a miracle" -- Literary Review

"The best Chinese book I've read for many years and the only really good novel. It is enlightening, poignant, mysterious -- and a miracle" -- Literary Review

"The face of a new China rises from the smashed pottery of the Cultural Revolution, reinventing itself as it has done 100 times before" -- The Times

"The man-wolf relationship represents only one of many layers in this engrossing and complex novel . . . Jiang Rong's novel, far from an act of rebellion, is a message to the world. The face of a new China rises from the smashed pottery of the Cultural Revolution, reinventing itself as it has done 100 times before" -- The Times

"The slowly developing narrative is rendered in vivid detail and has a powerful cumulative effect. A book like no other" -- Adrienne Clarkson, chair of the judges of the first Man Asia Literary Prize

About the Author:

Jiang Rong was born in Beijing in 1946. In 1967, he volunteered to join the first wave of intellectuals who moved to the countryside, and lived as a nomad on the outer edges of Inner Mongolia for 11 years. In 1978, he returned to Beijing, where he took a postgraduate degree in economics, and took a position as an economics professor at a Beijing university. He lives in Beijing with his wife, the renowned author and feminist critic Zhang Kangkang. Wolf Totem is his first novel.

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