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The Fat Years [Paperback]

Chan Koonchung , Michael Duke
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2 Aug 2012

TRUTH IS NOT AN OPTION....

Beijing, sometime in the near future: a month has gone missing from official records. No one has any memory of it, and no one can care less. Except for a small circle of friends, who will stop at nothing to get to the bottom of the sinister cheerfulness and amnesia that has possessed the Chinese nation. When they kidnap a high-ranking official and force him to reveal all, what they learn - not only about their leaders, but also about their own people - stuns them to the core. It is a message that will rock the world...

Terrifying methods of cunning, deception and terror are unveiled by the truth-seekers in this thriller-expose of the Communist Party's stranglehold on China today.


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan (2 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552776971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552776974
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 355,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A fascinating tale of China just over the horizon" (The New Yorker)

"A thought-provoking novel about China's tomorrow, which reveals the truth about China today" (Xinran, author of The Good Women of China)

"The Fat Years remains valid because it is not simply a "what might happen" exercise in futurism. Its central conceit - that collective amnesia overtakes the entire country - is an all-encompassing metaphor for today's looming superpower... a triumph" (Observer)

"A not-so-veiled satire of the Chinese government's tendency to make dates such as the Tiananmen massacre virtually disappear" (Financial Times)

"Chan Koonchung's humorous tale reveals the distorted reality of China, where despite the supersonic development of its economy, political life is steadfastly unchanging" (Ma Jian)

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Banned in China, a Chinese 1984 that holds controversial secrets about both the leaders and the people

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3.0 out of 5 stars Political Science or Science Fiction 6 July 2013
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The scenario is brilliant. Five years after the banking crisis, China is flourishing, everyone is happy but a month is missing. Here we have some lovely touches, but half way through the readyou can see the solution coming, which is not bad if it were to come in the style of the rest of the book. Instead it is an IR lesson, layed on with a trowel. If you dont mind the disappointment, or if you enjoy IR dressed as fiction, this is an enjoyable book... and there is always the romance to enjoy.
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