The China Lover
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The China Lover

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From Shanghai before and during the Second World War to U.S. occupied Tokyo, and, finally, to the Middle East in the early 1970s, Ian Buruma's masterful novel about the intoxicating power of collective fantasy follows three star-struck men driven to extraordinary acts by their devotion to the same legendary woman. A beautiful Japanese girl born in Manchuria, Yamaguchi Yoshiko is known as Ri Koran in Japan, Li Xianglan in China, and Shirley Yamaguchi in the U.S., and her past is a closely guarded secret. In Buruma's reimagining of the life of Yamaguchi Yoshiko, a Japanese girl torn between patriotism for her parents? homeland, worldly ambition, and sympathy for the Chinese, she will reflect almost exactly the twists and turns in the history of modern Japan. The China Lover is both luminously written and imbued with the insights and erudition that have made Ian Buruma one of the most respected writers on modern Asia.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 137.16 x 210.82 x 25.4mm | 249.47g
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143116088
  • 9780143116080
  • 803,356

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"A lushly rendered piece of historical fiction."
-"Los Angeles Times"

"A fascinating fictional biography-not only of an iconic film star, but of film as an expression of a nation's culture and psyche."
-"The Washington Post"
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About Ian Buruma

Ian Buruma is editor of The New York Review of Books. His previous books include Their Promised Land, Year Zero, The China Lover, Murder in Amsterdam, Occidentalism, God's Dust, Behind the Mask, The Wages of Guilt, Bad Elements, and Taming the Gods.
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267 ratings
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