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Corruption and Realism in Late Socialist ChinaThe Return of the Political Novel$
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Jeffrey Kinkley

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780804754859

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804754859.001.0001

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The Banned Blockbuster: Chen Fang's Heaven's Wrath

The Banned Blockbuster: Chen Fang's Heaven's Wrath

(p.47) 3 The Banned Blockbuster: Chen Fang's Heaven's Wrath
Corruption and Realism in Late Socialist China
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This chapter examines Chen Fang's political novel Heaven's Wrath. It explains that the novel, based on the corruption scandal involving Beijing Mayor Chen Xitong, was banned when it was published in January 1997 for allegedly “leaking secrets.” The work contains every bit of corruption Chen Fang heard about Chen Xitong and his gang, and also includes as many murders, attempted murders, and lifestyle excesses as the author could imagine. Chen Fang published other versions of the novel in 1998, but these were not as successful as the original. The chapter also discusses the novel's take on realism and its contribution the discourse of corruption.

Keywords:   Heaven's Wrath, Chen Fang, political novel, Chen Xitong, murders, lifestyle excesses, realism

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