The China Lover

The China Lover


By (author) Ian Buruma

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  • Publisher: ATLANTIC BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 392 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 28mm | 378g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 184354802X
  • ISBN 13: 9781843548027
  • Sales rank: 481,089

Product description

Ian Buruma's epic novel is the richly imagined story of one woman's struggle to survive in the face of war and occupation in the Far East during the Second World War. It should appeal to anyone who loved Memoirs of a Geisha. When Sidney Vanoven is sent to occupied Japan, in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, it is his dream posting. By day, he works in the censor's office watching Japanese films; at night he immerses himself in the sensual pleasures of Tokyo. His job leads him into the circle of the beautiful film star Shirley Yamaguchi, a passionate and indomitable woman, whose wartime secrets hint at deception and betrayal. As he becomes increasingly aware of her story, it seems to point at the dark heart of Japan itself. In "The China Lover", Ian Buruma has created a saga of modern Japan that is epic in scale, richly imagined and vividly populated. It is quite simply unforgettable.

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Author information

Ian Buruma is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College in New York state. His previous books include God's Dust, The Wages of Guilt, Anglomania and Murder in Amsterdam, which won athe Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Current Interest Book and was shortlisted for The Samuel Johnson Prize. He was the recipient of the 2008 Shorenstein Journalism Award, which honoured him for his distinguished body of work, and the 2008 Erasus Prize.

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"* 'Extraordinary... A pure pleasure. After finishing the last page, one cannot but ponder over the depth and complexity of the author's vision.' Ha.Jin, author of Waiting and Ocean of Words * 'An amazing achievement... The China Lover is an extraordinary novel, brilliantly imagined and utterly convincing... This is a novel that demands to be read.' Lesley Downer, author of The Last Concubine"