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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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Climax: The Alarum and Standard-Bearer—Zhang Ping's Choice

Climax: The Alarum and Standard-Bearer—Zhang Ping's Choice

(p.78) 4 Climax: The Alarum and Standard-Bearer—Zhang Ping's Choice
Corruption and Realism in Late Socialist China
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This chapter examines Zhang Ping's political novel Choice. It explains that the story is about a failing, large, state-owned enterprise and a web of corruption protected at the top by a deputy provincial secretary of the Chinese Communist Party. The chapter, which discusses the novel's take on realism and its contribution to the corruption discourse, also mentions that the novel was adapted into a motion picture titled Fatal Decision and that Zhang Ping's follow-up novel Shimian maifu was also successful.

Keywords:   Choice, Zhang Ping, state-owned enterprise, corruption, realism, Fatal Decision, Shimian maifu

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