Author: Mai Jia
The main character of Decoded, Rong Jinzhen, is a singular boy, an abandoned, lonely and not very communicative child who lives in his own inner world. He will be successively adopted by different mentors that will help him develop his special gift: he is a mathematical genius and he will develop a renowned academic career before being taken on by the cryptography department of the Chinese secret service to work in the top secret unit 701. He will be forced to give up his mathematical research to become the best code decipherer of the country living in isolation and under the strict control of the state. Rong Jinzhen will have to face challenges more and more difficult that will put his sanity to the limit.
The Chinese writer Mai Jia combines genres to capture the reader in a particular spy novel, Decoded, where we follow a mathematical genius in a story full of encrypted codes, dreams and spy secret units.
The novel was published in China in 2002 and launched Mai Jia to fame with a huge sales success -5 million copies sold in paper and 10 million in digital format-. Besides, he inaugurated a genre, the Chinese spy thriller. Although this novel is in fact a very original work that goes beyond a simple spy story.
Publishing house: DESTINO.
Price: 20 euros.