Devious plots, seduction, blackmail, and bribery are all on the table in a no-holds-barred scramble for political prestige and personal gain. At the center of it all is a notebook, a humble witness to events, but one whose pages contain information they shouldn't. Penned by a former insider, The Civil Servant's Notebook offers a glimpse into the distorted psyches of those who roam the guarded halls of Chinese political power. "Serve the people" is just about the last thing on their minds.
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Wang Xiaofang was private secretary to Shenyang Deputy Mayor Ma Xiangdong from 1997-1999. Ma achieved infamy for gambling and losing millions in public money in Macau's casinos, and was later sentenced to death for his crimes. Wang Xiaofang was found innocent of any involvement and left the service in 1999 to begin a career as political fiction writer. He has published 13 novels of political fiction in China, and his works regularly top the bestseller charts.Review:
"Wang Xiaofang is the undisputed king of the genre." —the New Yorker
"Money. Power. Even sex, albeit offstage. Wang Xiaofang's novels capture it all – in the dog-eat-dog world of Chinese bureaucracy." —the Guardian
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Descrizione libro Penguin Books Australia, 2013. Paperback. Condizione libro: Good. Paperback. Marking and underlining throughout the first 50 pages. No spine crease. Only slight wear. (Shelf location: R) All items carefully packed to avoid damage from moisture and rough handling. Tracking included. Codice libro della libreria 052352