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The empress lover, Linda Jaivin

Label
The empress lover
Title
The empress lover
Statement of responsibility
Linda Jaivin
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 A Sinophile, a translator of film subtitles, the author of an unpublished novel about Backhouse called The Empress Lover.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
Summary
'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 A Sinophile, a translator of film subtitles, the author of an unpublished novel about Backhouse called The Empress Lover.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, playful - and ultimately very moving - novel of love, loss, identity and history from one of Australia's finest novelists.
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10316385
Cataloging source
ANL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Jaivin, Linda
Dewey number
823.3
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Australians
  • Man-woman relationships
  • Biographers
  • Empresses
  • Family secrets
  • China
Target audience
adult
Label
The empress lover, Linda Jaivin
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000052710921
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
318 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780732291273
Isbn Type
(paperback)
System control number
(OCoLC)874792324
Label
The empress lover, Linda Jaivin
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000052710921
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
318 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780732291273
Isbn Type
(paperback)
System control number
(OCoLC)874792324

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