1st UK/1st. Very good in very good dust jacket. SIGNED and inscribed/dated by the translator, Martha Avery, to the late journalist Elie Abel on first free endpaper. 1st UK edition, no numberline (1st printing). Edgewear, bumped corners and a tiny closed tear to dust jacket. Pages are toning. Translation of a controversial Chinese semi-autobiographical novel about the experiences of a man sent to the labor camps for publishing poetry. By the author of 'Grass Soup' and 'Mimosa'. Avery is the translator of 'Alibaba' and author of 'The Tea Road: China and Russia Meet Across the Steppe'. Rare signed by anyone.