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ISBN: 978-988-17742-5-5
Paperback, 148 pages
Full colour
Size: 16 x 12 cm

Price: HK$85 / US$10.95

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leeping Chinese
by Bernd Hagemann

We hear news reports of the rise of China and its sleepless economy, often with sinister undertones supposed to alarm us. The reality can look very different.

German photographer Bernd Hagemann has long been fascinated by China and its people. He carries his camera at all times, because on every street corner you can find people napping in the strangest positions and situations, even snoring in deep slumber.

“When China wakes, she will shake the world,” warned Napoleon. This may be true. But let’s not forget that hardworking people need their sleep too.


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"An amateur photographer gained a global following by taking snaps of slumbering mainlanders" – South China Morning Post

"Chinese show the art of extreme napping: A German photographer has spent six years taking photographs of Chinese people sleeping in any position and situation." – The Daily Telegraph

"China’s passion for the siesta is captured at Sleeping Chinese, where Shanghai photographer Bernd Hagemann has put up over 700 photographs of Chinese sleeping in seemingly impossible positions: under trucks, on shopping carts, scooters and butcher slabs, vividly illustrating the millions of weary masses who helped power the nation’s economic rise. On his site which has attracted almost half a million visitors Mr. Hagemann wrote that he started his site to show the outside world the less threatening side of China’s rise." The Wall Street Journal

– The Daily Mail

"Há dois anos, Hagemann decidiu reunir as dezenas de imagens que tem de chineses a dormir e publicou-as num site – – que se tornou um sucesso: recebeu mais de 1,3 milhões de visitas e atraiu a atenção dos órgãos de comunicação social de todo o mundo. O site não passou despercebido à editora independente de Hong Kong Blacksmith Books, que vai lançar para o mercado um livrinho (do tamanho de um cartão postal) no próximo mês, chamado Sleeping Chinese." Ponto Final Macau



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