The Fat Years by Koonchung Chan
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On the one hand, that's the stuff of satire, a dystopian riff out of Aldous Huxley orPhilip K. Dick. At the same time, Chan is after something deeper...
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Banned in China, this controversial and politically charged novel tells the story of the search for an entire month erased from official Chinese history.
 
Beijing, sometime in the near future: a month has gone missing from official records. No one has any memory of it, and no one could 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 have 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 astound the world.

A kind of Brave New World reflecting the China of our times, 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 to protect the future.
 

About Koonchung Chan

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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.
 
Published January 10, 2012 by Anchor. 338 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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WSJ online

Good
Reviewed by Howard W French on Feb 04 2012

...Mr. Chan draws heavily from Orwell's "1984." The stories of the few who have escaped this fate animate the plot, as they search one another out amid the zombified masses.

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Below average
Reviewed by Michael Schaub on Jan 12 2012

Although The Fat Years could be read, by a Western audience, as nothing more than a cynical parable about contemporary Chinese government, it would largely miss the point.

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Globe and Mail

Excellent
Reviewed by Charles Foran on Jan 27 2012

Buy a brave novel by a brave author, and so cheer him on, along with those who share his kind of sincerity.

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LA Times

Above average
Reviewed by David L. Ulin on Jan 22 2012

On the one hand, that's the stuff of satire, a dystopian riff out of Aldous Huxley orPhilip K. Dick. At the same time, Chan is after something deeper...

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