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公务员笔记 (lit. The Civil Servant's Notebook)

Novel by Wang Xiaofang.

The Civil Servant's Notebook is the story of a vicious struggle for power within a government department of the fictional Dongzhou city. Yang Hengda, the newly-appointed department head, is doing everything he can to avoid the fate of his predecessor, who was overthrown in a "coup" orchestrated by his underlings. But in the midst of the fight, he's starting to wonder if it's all worth it...


The Civil Servant's Notebook

Translated by Eric Abrahamsen, September, 2011


The Civil Servant's Notebook Penguin China June 2012 Asia

Original Publications:

公务员笔记 The Writers Publishing House 2009, June (Mainland China)