Diary of a Naked Official
Trade PB 240pp
Rights held: World
Release date: 1 May 2014
e-book also available
Anonymous, the keeper of the diary, deputy director of a publishing company in a nameless city in China, is a happily married man with a daughter until he succumbs fully to his sexual desires, forever searching for new erotic experiences and secret liaisons.
Anonymous is able to hoard a fortune, by embezzlement or corruption, with which he buys permanent resident status for his wife and daughter in the West. He stays behind in China, a situation commonly referred to as a naked official in contemporary Chinese terminology, one who has nothing to fear when exposed because his family is safely installed overseas with all his money.
In his startling new novel, Ouyang Yu explores the Chinese fascination with eroticism, combined with a vision of a society gone almost completely permissive, or mad. The reader is seduced into a world of lust and sexual adventure, in a novel that seems part de Sade, part Houellebecq, part Réage, but ultimately steers its own fearless, naked course.
‘Ouyang Yu’s work waits to be celebrated by the mainstream, just as Roberto Bolaño’s did.’ ALEX MILLER
Ouyang Yu was born in Huangzhou,China. Since arriving in Australia in 1991, Yu has commenced an extraordinarily prolific literary career as a poet, critic, translator, editor and novelist. His award winning fiction includes The Eastern Slope Chronicle (2002) and The English Class (2010) .He is also well known for his fine command of poetic craft and his poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and newspapers, and have been frequently anthologised. His first poetry collection, Moon Over Melbourne, was published in 1995, and has been followed by further collections. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.
More at: www.ouyangyu.com.au