The Unbearable Dreamworld of Champa the Driver

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A humorous literary novel of modern China, from the author of The Fat Years

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. This is a rollicking road novel brimful of sensuality and danger. Underlying the optimism and humor of its hero is a darker picture of racism and rough justice in modern Beijing.


Chan Koonchung's first novel, the dystopian The Fat Years, was highly acclaimed and published in 13 territories.


"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"'The Han Chinese presence in Tibet hovers in the background like a Himalayan mist . . . captures something true and fresh about modern China."  —Independent