From the author of the internationally acclaimed, Costa Award-winning The Harmony Silk Factory comes an enthralling new novel that evokes an exotic yet turbulent and often frightening world.
16-year-old Adam is an orphan three times over. He and his older brother, Johan, were abandoned by their mother as children; he watched as Johan was adopted and taken away by a wealthy couple; and he had to hide when Karl, the Dutch man who raised him, was arrested by soldiers during Sukarno's drive to purge 1960s Indonesia of its colonial past.
Adam sets out on a quest to find Karl, but all he has to guide him are some old photos and letters, which send him to the colourful, dangerous capital, Jakarta. Johan, meanwhile, is living a seemingly carefree, privileged life in Malaysia, but is careening out of control, unable to forget the long-ago betrayal of his helpless, trusting brother.
Map of the Invisible World is a masterful novel, and confirms Tash Aw as one of the most exciting young writers at work today.
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"Reminiscent of Graham Greene . . . powerful and mesmerizing . . . haunting and memorable."--"The Guardian" (U.K.) "Full of immense intelligence and empathy."--"Time""" "Beautifully written . . . The tension of the lives of Aw's characters, the frayed fabric of Jakarta . . . the dichotomies of beauty and squalor, the mobs, the menace, the impending crisis--all of this is captured in "Map of the Invisible World "with a fidelity that can't be faulted."--"The Washington Post" "Exquisite . . . What makes ["Map of the Invisible World"] brilliant are its rootless main characters. These fully formed individuals and their relationships transform [this] novel into a moving meditation on identity, memory, and art."--"Time Out New York " "Exquisitely and subtly rendered . . . Aw's haunting writing and his detailed evocation of 1960s Indonesia are both masterly."--"The Christian Science Monitor" "[A] vibrant narrative . . . enveloping the reader in several haunAbout the Author:
Tash Aw's debut novel The Harmony Silk Factory was the winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award and a Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Novel, as well as being longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He was born in Malaysia and now lives in London.
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Book Description Fourth Estate, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 400 pages. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk000728988X
Book Description Fourth Estate, London, 2009. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. A fine unread 1st impression in a fine dustwrapper. Signed by the Author on the title page. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 006333