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Inside the Red Mansion - On the Trail of China's Most Wanted Man

Oliver August

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Description:

Due to a mix-up, Oliver August stumbles onto the hunt for China's most wanted man, Lai Changxing, an illiterate tycoon on the run from corruption charges. Sensing something emblematic in this outsized tale of rise and fall, August sets out to find the self-made billionaire, in the hope that if he can understand how Lai reinvented himself, he will also better understand the tectonic forces transforming modern China. Lai embodies the story of China's recent success as well as its Achilles' heel: the blending of its command economy with the free market is riddled with corruption. Moving ever closer to the elusive tycoon, August introduces us to a people in the midst of head-spinning self-transformation. We meet a nightclub hostess and her gaggle of "Miss Temporaries"; powerful businessmen on a debt-settling round of nocturnal golf; and a foie gras king who markets his goose liver by the ton and prefers it deep fried. This is a China seething with desire, engaged in a slapstick fight with its past, and hell bent on the future. Inside the Red Mansion is the first book to capture the giddy vibe of contemporary China and its darker vulnerabilities.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Simon Vance

Length:

10h 41m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

25:17


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

25:22


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

41:59


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

44:52


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

40:05


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

25:26


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

30:15


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

28:47


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

20:15


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

20:07


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

31:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

42:40


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

39:29


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

19:58


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

31:20


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

25:12


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

26:00


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

44:51


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

27:31


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

27:59


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

22:24