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The Empress Lover
Author: Linda Jaivin

ISBN: 9780732291273
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1 April 2014
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.4 x 2.5
A witty, playful, intriguing and ultimately very moving novel of identity and loss.

'Stories are the only thing that defy death. Stories are truth. I hereby give you mine' Peking, 1944: Sir Edmund Backhouse is a man of many parts. A polyglot scholar. An effete homosexual. A genius of perversity, a forger, arms salesman, occasional spy and fantasist. Also, if he is to be believed, the onetime lover of the redoubtable Empress Dowager of China, a woman many decades his senior. In his declining years, tended by his friend, Dr Hoeppli, he writes his memoir - 'a wild tale', as he calls it, 'far-fetched and fantastical'- of his affair with the Dowager Empress. Beijing, 2014: Linnie is an Australian woman of uncertain provenance struggling to make a living in Beijing. A Sinophile, a translator of film subtitles, the author of an unpublished novel about Backhouse called The Empress Lover. One day, she receives an intriguingly old-fashioned and formal invitation from a Professor H, an invitation that promises to reveal long hidden secrets of her family And so two worlds collide. An enchantingly slippery, sinuous, p...

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