China in 2013 — a dystopian novel skewers “the China model of development”

The China Beat provides a helpful summary of a dystopian novel critical of the way things are in China: “The novel can be read … as a realistic presentation of the shocking darkness behind the dazzling economic miracle created by the Chinese model. It also proposes that China’s younger generations suffer from the consequences of collective amnesia and historical half-truths… The book can also be read … as an allegory of the modern nation-state. Taking China as a case study, by questioning the morality and political legitimacy of the Chinese model of development, the novel is intended to lead us to the potential catastrophes that a modern nation-state may bring about if it is out of its people’s control.”

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