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Civil Servant's Notebook

by Wang Xiaofang

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The Civil Servant's Handbook is a Chinese bureaucratic whodunit, in which the appearance of an unusually frank anonymous diary heightens the Machiavellian rivalry among government officials vying for power. Publisher Penguin describes it as "a satirical absurdist blend which blurs the boundaries between fact and fiction in China's halls of power."

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Former civil servant Wang Xiaofang is the author of 13 books on "bureaucracy literature," including The Civil Servant's Notebook, which recently was translated into English. Louisa Lim/NPR hide caption

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Become A Successful Chinese Bureaucrat, In 5 Easy Steps

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