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A northeastern city in Dongzhou province needs a new Mayor and there are plenty of hungry candidates eager for the top job And as the mandarins of the local Communist Party go through the motions of selecting their candidate the secretive corridors of government are awash with insinuation and subterfuge Dangerous factions begin to form around the two contenders and longstanding rivals the Vice Mayors Liu Yihe and Peng Guoliang Devious plots seduction and bribery are all on the table in a no holds barred scramble for political prestige and personal gainBut when the personal notebook of. Great plot very wordy Loved the story line and the amazing window into Chinese government life It was rather wordy with long monologues about personal principles and beliefs very Chinese

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A high up official is exposed to the powers that be the government's own internal enforcement brigade – its humble pages initiate an office wide manhunt for the anonymous notebook sender casting a suspicious eye over everyone from lowly department researchers to Vice Mayors But what the culprit fails to foresee is that they have started the ball rolling on an investigation that threatens to swallow everyone including themselves into the eye of a political storm the likes of which have never been seen in Dongzhou Not even the most practiced of civil servants can predict just who will. Given the nearly uninterrupted growth in China since the economic reforms of 1978 it is fascinating to see how the Chinese view their life on the job This has been brought up powerfully by American observers of the Chinese economic transformation in such books as Factory Girls or Country Driving But these are the accounts of observers You also occasionally see the emerging work culture in movies My favorite is Last Train Home But how do the Chinese themselves think about work Language is a problem here It turns out that there is an entire literature of officialdom in which work is the central focus This is apparently a huge area for books in China Because of this I was intrigued to hear that one of the major works of this genre The Civil Servant s Notebook had been translatedThe book is a fictionalized account of an unfolding corruption scandal in a large NE China city and the plot suggests a similar very real scandal in which the author was peripherally involved the one where the convicted mayor was executed for corruption The plot unfolds through a series of short chapters that give the perspective of one of the involved parties as the events of the plot unfold It is like reading through a story on the basis of a chronological file of depositions to the police or the district attorneyThe book depicts a very odd world To start with everyone is out to vigorously pursue their career advancement and status They do this through any and all possible means Lies and slander are normal Social climbing if necessary at the expense of others is common Talk is cheap and nobody appears to ever do anything in the office except talk Much of the talk is not even meant to be reality based so all the characters seem to be proficient at BS Corruption is rampant and includes bribery theft blackmail and sexual commerce The only thing that matters appears to be coming out on top The strangest part of this is that nobody appears interested in what they are actually supposed to be doing to earn their pay Nobody seems to discuss job performance professional ualifications or the likeI had thought that there would be a bigger role for ideology after all the Communist Part is still in charge But there is little of that Everyone is striving but there is little mention of what besides personal aggrandizement is the object of striving One of the political discussions in the book occurs early on when a character at a dinner function wishes to impress his superior by making a reference to Machiavelli and his wisdom regarding power As soon as this brown noser finishes however he is immediately brought to task for failing to recognize the importance of the political and economic context of renaissance Florence and how that differs from the current Chinese contextWhen was the last work function you attended at which such a discussion of Machiavelli could occurThe literature in the US on workplace interactions is not very interesting Maybe The Office on TV is an exception In that case this book depicts a world like the one in The Office but where everyone is generally smart although not wise everyone is as clueless at the Dwight character and everyone has internalized the principles of Machiavelli It is a scary placeThe book is hard to follow in part due to the multiple perspectives and short chapters It is also likely that the translation is not as effective as it could be in capturing the numerous idioms at work in the text Finally it is hard to keep track of the many charactersOverall I enjoyed the book but it was a bit of a slog in parts

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Outmaneuver the conseuences and it is likely that no one will remain unscathedIn the spirit of Andrej Kurkov comes a satirical absurdist blend which blurs the boundaries between fact and fiction in China's halls of power Penned by a former insider The Civil Servant's Notebook offers a glimpse into the distorted psyches of those who roam those guarded halls Told through multiple narrators Wang Xiaofang crafts a uniue and complex tale of official mischief where civil servants prioritize personal welfare over public welfare and 'serve the people' is just about the last thing on their mind. This book illuminated my experience of living in China in ways both welcome and unwelcome Although a key character proclaims the opposite of darkness is darkness the author uses eual measures of slapstick and black humor to satirize his former life as a Chinese government employeeI find it shocking that this book isn t banned in China Although we find a good number of positive role models working in the government when taken as a whole the book portrays the current system as irreparably damaged and damaging to all who enter into service


10 thoughts on “The Civil Servants Notebook

  1. says:

    This is the first book of Wang Xiofang to be translated in English and after reading this wonderful satire of public service in China I wait in anticipation of Mr Xiofang writes from the position of experience as he was a c

  2. says:

    Great plot very wordy Loved the story line and the amazing window into Chinese government life It was rather wordy with long monologues about personal principles and beliefs very Chinese

  3. says:

    Garrulous and claustrophobic all at once an air of menace coalesces with hermetic bureaucratic suabbling A niche novel for sure but

  4. says:

    Given the nearly uninterrupted growth in China since the economic reforms of 1978 it is fascinating to see how the Chinese view their life on the job This has been brought up powerfully by American observers of the Chinese economic transformation in such books as Factory Girls or Country Driving But these are the account

  5. says:

    Civil Servant's NotebookRare opprtunity of an aproach to chinese literature and the ways of public emplyees in a socialist country Very good story line

  6. says:

    Former civil servant Wang Xiaofang has in recent years enjoyed credible popularity for his fictitious works on corruption and politics and his latest novel 'The Civil Servant's Notebook' proves yet another gripping piece of literature about the multifaceted operations within a government office causing the reader to think critically about what is write and wrong The story is told from multiple perspectives as the candidates for mayor in

  7. says:

    Office politics on steroids CCP style The Civil Servant's Notebook is the story of the unmasking of a corrupt official in a big Chinese city The story is told in short chapters from the perspective of the different actors in

  8. says:

    I really enjoyed reading this It can be a little bit preachy on regards of life loyalty money and etc but it fits well within context Having taken administrative science and public admin courses i understood very

  9. says:

    This book illuminated my experience of living in China in ways both welcome and unwelcome Although a key character proclaims the opposite of darkness is darkness the author uses eual measures of slapstick and black humor to satirize his former life as a Chinese government employeeI find it shocking that this book isn't ba

  10. says:

    This is the very first English translation of a best selling Chinese novel under this very popular genre in China called officialdom novels The author an ex Chinese civil servant himself very humorously depicts the behind the scenes politics of a municipal level office The narrative shifts with every chapter and this uniue style puts the reader in every character's mind It can be confusing some times but nonetheless takes us close and per