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The Fat Years: Acquired by Knopf US and Editions Grasset in France

A Chinese novel described in the South China Morning Post as “1984 with a sense of humor” has recently been purchased by Nan Talese at Knopf US, Editions Grasset in France, and by Norway’s Gyldendal Norsk Forlag, reports Marysia Juszczakiewicz, founder of the Peony Literary Agency.

The Fat Years (盛世中国 2013 ) by Chan Koon Chung (陈冠中) follows a writer, obsessed with detective stories, on a quest to uncover the events of a month mysteriously absent from official Chinese records. The novel is much talked about for its “veiled criticism of the growing number of Chinese who have bought into the system or have been bought by it,” writes Paul Mooney in the Hong Kong daily.

It was announced in February that Doubleday would publish the novel in English in 2011, and since then the rights have also been purchased for German (Eichborn), Spanish (Destini), Italian (Longanesi), Dutch (Signatur), Catallan (Ediciones la Campana), and Hebrew (Modan).

http://paper-republic.org/news/newsitems/9/

China Looks Askance at a New Satiric Novel

Gady Epstein

It’s the year 2013: China has emerged triumphant from a second global financial crisis, more confident than ever that the Western model is broken and that its own brand of authoritarian capitalism is superior. Starbucks-Wang Wang cafes (the Seattle company was bought out) are making Chinese-themed drinks popular around the globe. The dollar depreciates 30%, gold skyrockets to $2,000 an ounce and China takes over the world.

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Apocalypse Now 盛衰: John Chan’s New Novel on China / Esther Cheung

Muse 38 (March 2010)

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Jane Lawson Acquires The Fat Years By John Chan For Doubleday

Jane Lawson, Editorial Director of Doubleday, has acquired world rights in a ‘Chinese 1984′ from Marysia Juscziewicz at the Peony Literary Agency. The Fat Years, by John Chan, follows a writer, obsessed with detective stories, on a quest to uncover the events of a month mysteriously absent from official Chinese records. Currently causing a sensation in Hong Kong, this futuristic novel is banned in mainland China due to the uncomfortable reminder it provides of recent incidences of information control by the government.

Doubleday will publish in Summer 2011.

http://www.booktrade.info/index.php/showarticle/25511

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