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THE DEBT COLLECTOR

Wang Shou

  • Original Title: FUTOU DUOLE ZIJI DE BING
  • Publication date: January 2019
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House China
  • Country: CN
  • 100 print pages
  • Suspense

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  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: China
  • Themes: FAMILY, Mourning, PEOPLE facing life, Redemption, Death, Moral dilemma, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Conspiracy, Injustice, Rivalry, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Capitalism, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations, Commitment, Loyalty

Pitch

A businessman sends an old operative to collect money, a plan which goes awry.

Comments

This feels a bit like ‘Parasite’ in how it depicts the strong vs the weak, the rich vs the poor and the inability of the downtrodden to get revenge on their enemies. A parable, and also a story of a friendship, this is both touching and sad, and one of the better entries in this Penguin collection.

Wang Shou is a Chinese writer, author of SHORT MESSAGE OF ONE YEAR OF LIFE and SONG OF MY CAR.

Summary

There was one thing that Chen Sheng knew for certain--the only person who could help him was Zhang Guoliang. As his former boss, Chen Sheng would simply ask him to enter the house of a businessman who owed him money and request the full sum. It was not extortion, it was not a robbery, it was just debt-collection. At least that's what Chen Sheng told himself until he opened the Rezhou Informer the very morning after the plan's execution. The front page of the paper told a different story, and there was no one else Chen Sheng could call on now.

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