Buruma, Ian The China Lover

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The China Lover

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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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"* '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"

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Ian Buruma is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College. His previous books include God's Dust, Behind the Mask, The Missionary and the Libertine, Playing the Game, The Wages of Guilt, Anglomania, Bad Elements and Murder in Amsterdam, which won a Los Angeles Times Book Prize for the Best Current Interest Book. He was awarded the 2008 Shorenstein Journalism Award, which honored him for his distinguished body of work and the 2008 Erasmus Prize.

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