Dream of Ding Village

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Dream of Ding Village
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AuthorYan Lianke
Original title丁庄梦
Ding zhuang meng
TranslatorCindy Carter
PublisherShanghai wenyi
Publication date
Published in English

Dream of Ding Village (Chinese: 丁庄梦, Ding zhuang meng) is a 2006 novel by the Chinese writer Yan Lianke. The 2011 English translation by Cindy Carter, published in the UK by Grove Press, was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.[1]

It is a story based on the blood sales in rural Henan province that sparked a major AIDS crisis in China. After the first edition sold out, it was banned—no more copies can be printed in China. Yan Lianke has stated in numerous published interviews that the book could have been better if he had not been self-censoring himself to ensure it could be published.

In 2011, a film adaptation of this novel named Love for Life was released in China, which is directed by Gu Changwei ,stars Zhang Ziyi and Aaron Kwok. [2]


Kirkus Reviews stated that it was "A sorrowful but captivating novel about the price of progress in modern China."[3]


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  1. ^ Tonkin, Boyd (2012-04-13). "'Independent' Foreign Fiction Prize shortlist: A whole world in their words". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-04-14.
  2. ^ "Zhang Ziyi to star in China AIDS film". The Hollywood Reporter. 2010-05-18.
  3. ^ "DREAM OF DING VILLAGE". Kirkus Reviews. 2010-10-07. Retrieved 2018-12-01. - Print date: November 1, 2010