Part Three of The Current
The Fat Years: Chan Koonchung
Chinese writer Chan Koonchung worried his country was on a dangerous path. But he couldn't find a way to make other Chinese men and women share his worries. At least he couldn't until he wrote his new novel The Fat Years. It's set in China in 2013. He writes how an economic collapse has wrecked most of the world, leaving China the dominant power. Criticism of the state has melted away.
And the overwhelming majority of the population believes it's living through a Golden Age of Ascendancy. But there are problems; to start with, an entire month is missing from everyone's memories. The novel has yet to find a publisher on the mainland -- but a lot of people have found ways to read it.
Chan Koonchung was in Beijing. His latest novel The Fat Years is the first of his novels to be translated into English.
This segment was produced by The Current's Gord Westmacott.
Last Word - Wiebo Ludwig Obit
Today's last word goes to Wiebo Ludwig. The oil patch activist and polarizing figure died Monday following a struggle with cancer of the esophagus. He was seventy years old. In April 2000, Mr. Ludwig was convicted on charges related to sabotaging oil and gas infrastructure in northwestern Alberta. He served 19 months in jail.
And on January 11th of 2010, The Current spoke to Wiebo Ludwig following his arrest in connection with the string bombings of EnCana pipelines in British Columbia. In the end he was released without charge. We aired an excerpt of Wiebo Ludwig talking about those events from his home in Trickle Creek, Alberta.
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