Ma Bo

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Ma Bo (马波)
Born (1947-08-22) August 22, 1947 (age 71)
Hebei, China
Pen nameOld Ghost (老鬼)
OccupationNon-fiction writer
Alma materPeking University
Brown University
GenreCultural Revolution, Nonfiction

Ma Bo (born August 22, 1947) is a Chinese non-fiction writer who currently resides in Beijing, China. After graduating from Beijing University with a degree in journalism, he wrote and published the book Blood Red Sunset in 1988 which sold over 400,000 copies in China.[1]

Subsequently as a result of his participation in Tiananmen Square, he fled the country, first to France, and then ultimately to the US, where he settled as a resident scholar in Brown University's Literary Arts program.[2]

In 1995, the English translation of Blood Red Sunset (Penguin, 1995) was published with Howard Goldblatt as translator. Also in 1995, Ma Bo's mother, Yang Mo, a prominent writer herself, was diagnosed with terminal cancer.[3] Consequently, upon special permission from the Chinese government, Ma Bo returned to China to visit his mother in the hospital. He has remained in China since then.


  • Blood Red Sunset (血色黄昏) (1988, 1995)
  • Blood and Iron (血与铁) (1998)
  • My Mother, Yang Mo (我的母亲杨沫) (2005)