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An entire month has gone missing from Chinese records. No one has any memory of it, and no one seems to care except for a small circle of friends who will stop at nothing to get to the bottom of the sinister cheerfulness and amnesia that have possessed the 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.
The Fat Years is a complex novel of ideas that reveals all too chillingly the machinations of the postmodern totalitarian state and sets in sharp relief the importance of remembering the past in order to protect the future.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.36(w) x 7.84(h) x 0.76(d)|
About the Author
CHAN KOONCHUNG is a novelist, journalist, and screenwriter. Born in Shanghai and raised and educated in Hong Kong, he studied at the University of Hong Kong and Boston University. He has published more than a dozen Chinese-language books and in 1976 founded the monthly magazine City in Hong Kong, of which he was the chief editor and then publisher for twenty-three years. He has been a producer on more than thirteen films. Chan Koonchung now lives in Beijing.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Mixing dysptopian allegory with rich insight into the human condition and lietrary flair, this novel transcends the boundaries of china and finds its stipulations and ideas extremely relevant and pertinent for the future of people, nations, governments, and the world during the 21st century. Think of a mix between brave new world and 1984, but abandoning the "the boot to the face" problems of 1984, and adding the technologies such as the internet, movies, and television that was missing from huxley's brave new world because he wrote it before their advent. It postulstes the unwritten agreement between corrupt governments and its constituents: stay out of political agitation and refrain from criticizing the shortcomings, contradictions and unfulfilled promises of those in power and we'll make you rich and materially prosperous. But the question is at what cost? And sadly most people are willing to pay that cost to enjoy the "good life." The question posed again and again in the novel is: would you rather live in a good hell or a fake paradise? And sadly the conclusion most people in the world today come to is that they would rather live in a fake paradise. This book is a must read for anyone seeking to understand modern china, or even seeking to understand why the world seems so terribly messed up these days. This book will stay with you and change the way you see the world. Some people in China have even gone as far as to say they now think in terms of two kinds of people: people who have read this book and people that haven't. If that isn't a testament of the power of the ideas and impact of its postulations, then I don't know what is. It is destined to take its rightful place beside such dystopian literary classics as Fareinheit 451, 1984, and Brave New World, and rightly so. It may even become more important and relevant as time goes on, especially once China surpasses the United States as the premier economic power in the next 15-20 years, if not sooner. You absolutely need to read this book. It changed the way I see and look at the world, and only really special books like this have that capability.
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