Penguin Book


Mai Jia

Translated by Olivia Milburn and Christopher Payne.

Never before translated into English, Decoded tells the story of a maths genius who becomes China's greatest code-breaker, only to be driven mad by the unfathomable darkness in the world of cryptology. With the pacing of a literary crime thriller, it combines elements of magical realism with historical fiction and state espionage. The fact that it takes place in a fully characterised shadowy world of the Chinese secret security, where Mai Jia worked for decades, makes it all the more unfamiliar, intriguing and authentic. The protagonist, Rong Jinzhen, is a classic Mai Jia character, possessing exceptional intelligence, yet also deeply flawed and fragile as a person.

Decoded was published in 2002 and became an immediate success. There are over 3,000,000 copies in print and it has won several awards.

Mai Jia (the pseudonym of Jiang Benhu) is arguably the most successful writer in China today. 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. His books are constant bestsellers and he has won almost every major award in China, including the highest literary honor - the Mao Dun Award.

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  • Fiction
Format TPS
234 x 153mm
Farrar Straus & Giroux Inc
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