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The Unbearable Dreamworld of Champa the Driver by Chan Koonchung
  

The Unbearable Dreamworld of Champa the Driver

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Life is simple for Champa. He has a good job as a chauffeur in his hometown of Lhasa, and if his Chinese boss Plum is a little domineering, well, he can understand that - she's a serious art-collector after all. And he does get to drive her huge Toyota.

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The Unbearable Dreamworld of Champa the Driver by Chan Koonchung

Sex, lies, and rocky roads. Life is simple for Champa. He has a good job as a chauffeur in his hometown of Lhasa, and if his Chinese boss Plum is a little domineering, well, he can understand that - she's a serious art-collector after all. And he does get to drive her huge Toyota. When he starts to sleep with his boss as well as drive her around, life becomes a whole lot more complicated. But not in a bad way. Suddenly Champa's sex life is beyond his wildest dreams. But then Plum brings home a Tara statue - a statue that shines with exquisite feminine beauty - and suddenly life is not simple at all, as Champa finds himself on the long road to Beijing in search of its inspiration. And it's going to be a rough ride. The Unbearable Dreamworld Of Champa The Driver is a rollicking road novel brim-ful of sensuality and danger. Underlying the optimism and humour of its hero is a shocking picture of racism and rough justice in modern Beijing.


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'The Han Chinese presence in Tibet hovers in the background like a Himalayan mist ... captures something true and fresh about modern China Independent A fast-paced read, bold and brassy, at times super-sensitive and insightful, with cheeky asides and a raw honesty that will make readers laugh out loud. South China Morning Post Manages to turn often comic human relationships into an unsettling metaphor for China's political and cultural domination of Tibet. Asia Times'


About the Author

Chan Koonchung was born in Shanghai and raised in Hong Kong. He was a reporter at an English newspaper in Hong Kong before he founded the influential magazine City in 1976, where he was the chief editor and then publisher for 23 years. He is also a screenwriter and film producer of both Chinese and English-language films. Chan is a co-founder of the Hong Kong environmental group Green Power and was a board member of Greenpeace International from 2008 to 2011. He recently founded the NGO, Minjian International, that connects Chinese public intellectuals with their counterparts in East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia and Africa. His google account is often blocked. He is fluent in English. Chan now lives in Beijing.

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Book Info

Publication date

8th May 2014

Author

Chan Koonchung

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Publisher

Doubleday an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
192 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Fiction in translation

ISBN

9780857522078

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