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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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Dirt Plus Soap Equals Pay Dirt: Liu Ping's Dossier on Smuggling

Dirt Plus Soap Equals Pay Dirt: Liu Ping's Dossier on Smuggling

(p.125) 6 Dirt Plus Soap Equals Pay Dirt: Liu Ping's Dossier on Smuggling
Corruption and Realism in Late Socialist China
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This chapter examines Liu Ping's political novel Dossier on Smuggling. It explains that this novel was based on the corruption scandal involving Yuanhua Group, a holding company for real estate and trading founded by Lai Changxing. The chapter argues that while notices and reviews promoted the realism of Dossier on Smuggling, it was just another popular novel with as much soap opera content about the romances of both the criminals and the investigators as information about smuggling and corruption. It also contends that this novel represents the trend toward popularization and commercialization in the later stages of the anticorruption novel.

Keywords:   Dossier on Smuggling, Liu Ping, political novel, Yuanhua Group, Lai Changxing, corruption, soap opera, anticorruption novel

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