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Monkey House Blues

A Shanghai Prison Memoir

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Monkey House Blues by Dominic Stevenson
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In 1993, Dominic Stevenson left a comfortable life living with his girlfriend in Kyoto, Japan, to travel to China. His journey took him to some of the most inhospitable and dangerous places in the world, from the poppy fields of the Afghan Pakistan border, to the ancient trade routes of the Silk Road, before he was arrested for drug smuggling while boarding a boat from Shanghai to Japan. After eight months on remand in a Chinese police lock-up, Stevenson was sentenced to two and a half years in one of the biggest prisons in the world, the Shanghai Municipal Prison aka The Monkey House . There, he was imprisoned alongside just five westerners amongst five thousand Chinese criminals in a block for death row inmates and political prisoners, where the guards drank green tea and let the prison run itself. The experience led him to reflect on his previous life in Japan, India and Thailand, during which time he took on a varied array of jobs, including English teacher, karaoke-bar host, factory worker, busker, crystal seller, dope smuggler and film extra. From Afghan gun shops to Tibetan monasteries, Thai brothels and the stirrings of the rave culture in Goa, Monkey House Blues is

Author Biography

Dominic Stevenson is a writer, musician and videographer. He spent eleven years living and travelling in Asia before settling in the UK, where he works in video. He continues to travel widely.
Release date Australia
March 4th, 2010
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
1 x 8pp colour
Imprint
Mainstream Publishing
Pages
240
Dimensions
153x234x18
ISBN-13
9781845965662
Product ID
3862458

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