Banned in China, this arguable and politically charged novel tells the tale of the hunt for a complete month erased from respectable chinese language history.
Beijing, someday within the close to destiny: a month has long past lacking from professional documents. nobody has any reminiscence of it, and not anyone may well care less—except for a small circle of neighbors, who will cease at not anything to unravel the sinister cheerfulness and amnesia that experience possessed the chinese language kingdom. once they kidnap a high-ranking reputable and strength him to bare all, what they learn—not in basic terms approximately their leaders, but additionally approximately their very own people—stuns them to the center. it's a message that may astound the world.
A type of Brave New World reflecting the China of our times, The fats Years is a posh novel of rules that finds all too chillingly the machinations of the postmodern totalitarian nation, and units in sharp reduction the significance of remembering the prior to guard the long run.
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