The riveting true story of the transformation of a Chinese city and an American who finds himself stranded there. A detailed chronicle of everyday life in modern China, a window into the lives of Chinese peasants and the foreigners with whom they fall in and out of romance, and an inspiring tale of courage and love, Chaos and Grime: A Year in the Life of a Chinese City takes you where no memoir has dared to go before now. This "shocking," "disturbing," and "Kafkaesque" real-life thriller pulls no punches in painting a complex portrait of contemporary China.
Jacob Acerbi is an American biological scientist and bioethicist. His 2020 memoir about his life in the city of Wuhan, "Chaos and Grime: A Year in the Life of a Chinese City," was banned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China immediately upon its release. The publication of the book, which explores coverups of crimes, among other subject matter, coincided with the Communist Party's and World Health Organization's initial coverup of the COVID-19 Pandemic, which originated in Wuhan.