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China ex-official sheds light on dark side of power

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"Politics is an ugly business," says an official in Chinese author Wang Xiaofang's novel, The Civil Servant's Notebook. "You always need to keep a knife in reserve, even for your own boss." 

Chinese author Wang Xiaofang poses with his novel "The Civil Servant's Notebook" in Hong Kong. Wang is known as an author of "officialdom" fiction, a genre of Chinese literature dealing with corruption and shady dealings in China's corridors of power.

Delving into the darkness of Chinese bureaucracy, Wang depicts a world of intrigue where those at the top lose sight of their principles in the race for political power.

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