Decoded

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Decoded tells the story of Rong Jinzhwen, one of the great code-breakers in the world. A semi-autistic mathematical genius, Jinzhen is recruited to the cryptography department of China's secret services, Unit 701, where he is assigned the task of breaking the elusive 'Code Purple'. Jinzhen rises through the ranks to eventually become China's greatest and most celebrated code-breaker; until he makes a mistake. Then begins his descent through the unfathomable darkness of the world of cryptology into madness. Decoded was an immediate success when it was published in 2002 in China and has become an international bestseller. With the pacing of a literary crime thriller, Mai Jia's masterpiece also combines elements of historical fiction and state espionage. Taking place in the shadowy world of Chinese secret security, where Mai Jia worked for decades, it introduces us to a place that is unfamiliar, intriguing and authentic. And with Rong Jinzhen, it introduces us to a character who is deeply flawed and fragile, yet possessing exceptional intelligence. Decoded is an unforgettable and gripping story of genius, brilliance, insanity and human frailty.

Mai Jia (the pseudonym of Jiang Benhu) is arguably the most successful writer in China today. His books are constant bestsellers, with total sales over three million copies. He became the highest paid author in China last year with his new book, Wind Talk. He has achieved unprecedented success with film adaptation: all of his novels are made - or are being made - into major films or TV series, the screenplays of which are often written by Mai Jia himself. He is hailed as the forerunner of Chinese espionage fiction, and has created a unique genre that combines spycraft, code-breaking, crime, human drama, historical fiction, and metafiction. He has won almost every major award in China, including the highest literary honor - the Mao Dun Award.



"When I say that ["Decoded"] is excellent, I am referring both to its remarkable literary qualities and to the fact that it demands to be read in a single sitting." --Alai, Mao Dun Literature Prize-winning author of "Red Poppies "

"The illogical nature of destiny, the brilliance and fragility of genius, and circumstances that bind people together irrevocably as they drift through the darkness of the night all form part of Mai Jia's strange and mysterious novel."--"Beijing Evening News "

"Between the thrills of pulp fiction and those novels which come to be considered classics, there are boundaries and lines which, for many writers, are difficult to cross, and may take a lifetime (if ever) to realize. Mai Jia's achievement is that he has overcome that barrier with steady and assured strides. The footprints he has left behind form an ingenious, secretive literary treasure map." --Wong Kar-wai, director of "The Grandmaster"

""Decoded" is a subtle and complex exploration of cryptography, politics, dreams and their significance . . . There is much of interest in this book, from the strange, superstitious beginning to the gradual decline of the Rong family as the twentieth century progresses . . . But, in the end, it is the complexity of the characters that is "Decoded's "enduring pleasure." --"The Times Literary Supplement""Between the thrills of pulp fiction and those novels which come to be considered classics, there are boundaries and lines which, for many writers, are difficult to cross, and may take a lifetime (if ever) to realize. Mai Jia's achievement is that he has overcome that barrier with steady and assured strides. The footprints he has left behind form an ingenious, secretive literary treasure map." --Wong Kar-wai, director of "The Grandmaster"

"The book's subtle ambiguity is extended to its own conclusion, the decoding of which the reader is compelled to take part in." --"The Wall Street Journal""An engaging and highly unusual read." --"The Sunday Independent"""Decoded" is a subtle and complex exploration of cryptography, politics, dreams and their significance . . . There is much of interest in this book, from the strange, superstitious beginning to the gradual decline of the Rong family as the twentieth century progresses . . . But, in the end, it is the complexity of the characters that is "Decoded's "enduring pleasure." --"The Times Literary Supplement""Between the thrills of pulp fiction and those novels which come to be considered classics, there are boundaries and lines which, for many writers, are difficult to cross, and may take a lifetime (if ever) to realize. Mai Jia's achievement is that he has overcome that barrier with steady and assured strides. The footprints he has left behind form an ingenious, secretive literary treasure map." --Wong Kar-wai, director of "The Grandmaster"

"There is a determination to unsettle the reader; an uneasiness abotu settling on one focused point of view, almost as if the narrative style is attempting to replicate the complexities of code breaking that lie at the heart of the novel . . . ["Decoded"] possesses an aesthetic of its own, a world in which the characters feel constantly teetering on the edge of obsession." --Tash Aw, "The Telegraph"""Decoded" is a subtle and complex exploration of cryptography, politics, dreams and their significance . . . In the end, it's the complexity of the characters that is "Decoded"'s enduring pleasure." --"The London Review of Books""Subtle and psychologically focused . . . the central story is a gripping one . . . it leaves you eager to read more of his work." --Alexander Larman, "The Observer""A mixture of Kafka and Agatha Christie . . . An utterly fascinating read." --Edward Wilson, "The Independent "

"The book's subtle ambiguity is extended to its own conclusion, the decoding of which the reader is compelled to take part in." --"The Wall Street Journal""An engaging and highly unusual read." --"The Sunday Independent"""Decoded" is a subtle and complex exploration of cryptography, politics, dreams and their significance . . . There is much of interest in this book, from the strange, superstitious beginning to the gradual decline of the Rong family as the twentieth century progresses . . . But, in the end, it is the complexity of the characters that is "Decoded's "enduring pleasure." --"The Times Literary Supplement""Between the thrills of pulp fiction and those novels which come to be considered classics, there are boundaries and lines which, for many writers, are difficult to cross, and may take a lifetime (if ever) to realize. Mai Jia's achievement is that he has overcome that barrier with steady and assured strides. The footprints he has left behind form an ingenious, secretive literary treasure map." --Wong Kar-wai, director of "The Grandmaster"

"[A]n entirely original work--a mix of spy thriller, historical saga and mathematical puzzle that somehow coheres into a powerful whole." --"The Financial Times"""Decoded", the debut work of Mai Jia, breaks the mould . . . It stands out among Chinese novels for its pace, liveliness and the sheer novelty of the tale it tells. It grips from the first page. [Mai Jia] offers a beguiling and magical mystery tour of China. It is an absolute joy to read." --"The Economist""There is a determination to unsettle the reader; an uneasiness abotu settling on one focused point of view, almost as if the narrative style is attempting to replicate the complexities of code breaking that lie at the heart of the novel . . . ["Decoded"] possesses an aesthetic of its own, a world in which the characters feel constantly teetering on the edge of obsession." --Tash Aw, "The Telegraph"""Decoded" is a subtle and complex exploration of cryptography, politics, dreams and their significance . . . In the end, it's the complexity of the characters that is "Decoded"'s enduring pleasure." --"The London Review of Books""Subtle and psychologically focused . . . the central story is a gripping one . . . it leaves you eager to read more of his work." --Alexander Larman, "The Observer""A mixture of Kafka and Agatha Christie . . . An utterly fascinating read." --Edward Wilson, "The Independent "

"A gripping plot [and] otherworldly aura and flamboyant detail . . . Spectacular."--"The New York Times Book Review" (Editors' Choice)

"Mai plays adroitly with literary genre and crafts a story of Borgesian subtlety and complexity."--"The New Yorker

"Entirely original . . . A mix of spy thriller, historical saga, and mathematical puzzle that somehow coheres into a powerful whole."--"Financial Times" (London)

"There is a determination to unsettle the reader; an uneasiness about settling on one focused point of view . . . ["Decoded"'s] deviations take the novel out of the realms of the hard-edged thriller into somewhere more surreal and unexpected."--Tash Aw, "The Telegraph" (London)

"Decoded" stands out among Chinese novels for its pace, liveliness, and the sheer novelty of the tale it tells. It grips from the first page . . . It is an absolute joy to read."--"The Economist "

"Decoded" is a subtle and complex exploration of cryptography, politics, dreams and their significance . . . There is much of interest in this book, from the strange, superstitious beginning to the gradual decline of the Rong family as the twentieth century progresses . . . But, in the end, it is the complexity of the characters that is "Decoded's "enduring pleasure."--"The Times Literary Supplement

"Between the thrills of pulp fiction and those novels which come to be considered classics, there are boundaries and lines which, for many writers, are difficult to cross, and may take a lifetime (if ever) to realize. Mai Jia's achievement is that he has overcome that barrier with steady and assured strides. The footprints he has left behind form an ingenious, secretive literary treasure map."--Wong Kar-wai, director of "The Grandmaster

"A gripping plot [and] otherworldly aura . . . Spectacular."--"The New York Times Book Review" (Editors' Choice)

Detalii
Autor JIA, Mai
An apariţie 2015
Editura Penguin
Nr pagini 320
Dimensiuni 20 x 13 cm
Format Paperback, B
Etichete: mai jia
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