"In 'The Dark Road, ' as in Beijing Coma, Mr. Ma is adept at jolting our senses, transporting us, with a few words about a pain, a taste or an odor, to those parts of China, and millions of people, who exist on the far fringes of the economic miracle. " "The New York Times" "[Ma Jian's] characterization is superb. A devastating critique of China's oppressive communist regime." "Mail on Sunday" "Unforgettable." "Sunday Telegraph" "Ma's work is a vital corrective and he writes here with insistent, focused anger." "Metro" "All of Ma's skill and playfulness are on display as the novel builds to a climax." "The Guardian" "A compellingly dark novel." "Glasgow Sunday Herald""