Beijing, sometime in the near future: a month has gone missing from official records. No one has any memory of it, and no one can 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 has 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 rock the world...
Terrifying methods of cunning, deception and terror are unveiled by the truth-seekers in this thriller-expose of the Communist Party's stranglehold on China today.
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A fascinating tale of China just over the horizon - New Yorker
A thought-provoking novel about China's tomorrow, which reveals the truth about China today -
The Fat Years remains valid because it is not simply a 'what might happen' exercise in futurism. Its central conceit - that collective amnesia overtakes the entire country - is an all-encompassing metaphor for today's looming superpower... a triumph - Observer
A not-so-veiled satire of the Chinese government's tendency to make dates such as the Tiananmen massacre virtually disappear - Financial Times
Chan Koonchung's humorous tale reveals the distorted reality of China, where despite the supersonic development of its economy, political life is steadfastly unchanging -
Bracing, smart and entertaining - Independent
An inventive and highly topical novel by Chan Koonchung, is among the first to explore a scenario that much of the world is speculating about today - Wall Street Journal
Chan’s story is not only absorbing in its own right, it also shines reflected light on the foibles of the West - New York Times
Chan Koonchung was born in Shanghai and raised in Hong Kong. He was a reporter at an English newspaper in Hong Kong before he founded the influential magazine 'City' in 1976, where he was the chief editor and then publisher for 23 years.
He is also a screenwriter and film producer of both Chinese and English-language films. Chan is a co-founder of the Hong Kong environmental group Green Power and was a board member of Greenpeace International from 2008 to 2011. He recently founded the NGO, Minjian International, that connects Chinese public intellectuals with their counterparts in East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia and Africa.
His google account is often blocked. He is fluent in English. Chan now lives in Beijing.