Beijing Coma by Ma Jian

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Published by Knopf Canada .

Written in English

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  • Fiction / General,
  • Fiction - General

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Book details

ContributionsFlora Drew (Translator)
The Physical Object
FormatHardcover
Number of Pages608
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL10353715M
ISBN 100307397203
ISBN 109780307397201
OCLC/WorldCa185022691

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