The Fat Years
Author: Chan Koonchung
Translator: Michael Duke
Original language: Chinese
Published by: Transworld Publishers, 2011
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Beijing, sometime in the near future: a month has gone missing from official records. No one has any memory of it, and no one is bothered, 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.
'A fascinating tale of China just over the horizon'
The New Yorker
'The hottest novel to come out of China this year'
Time Out Beijing
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