By Jin Yun
Original translation by Ying Ruocheng
In a new version for radio by Kevin Wong
Jin Yun's 1986 play for the Beijing People's Arts Theatre has become a modern classic of Chinese theatre: a broad, bitter comedy which takes a sideways look at Chinese history through the tortured relationship of one man and a patch of land.
This new production for BBC Radio 3 marks the play's first ever performance in the UK.
Doggie's a nobody.
A peasant farmer, his simple desire for a harvest of his own condemns him to 40 years of chaos, as history takes him on a wild switchback of fortunes.
Produced and directed by Jonquil Panting.