The Civil Servant's Notebook, review in The Economist
Novel by Wang Xiaofang, translation by Eric Abrahamsen, review by C.S.M. (Clarissa Sebag Montefiore?)
Officialdom fiction works in part as muckraking, for the rest of us, and in part as a guide for aspiring officials, who are advised on what not to do if you want to keep your head (hint: do not accept bribes). It owes its popularity to a readership that is both fascinated and repelled by the elite who rule them. Mr Wang’s novels have sold millions.
attached to: Wang Xiaofang