This is a New York Time Notable book of the year 2015. It was Shortlisted for the Kirkus Review Prize 2015. [A] kaleidoscopically imaginative novel…Barker stitches together an unnervingly perceptive portrait of China and of the enduring influence that its past has on the present. (The New Yorker). A thrilling journey through a thousand years […]

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The Incarnations

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This is a New York Time Notable book of the year 2015. It was Shortlisted for the Kirkus Review Prize 2015. [A] kaleidoscopically imaginative novel…Barker stitches together an unnervingly perceptive portrait of China and of the enduring influence that its past has on the present. (The New Yorker). A thrilling journey through a thousand years of obsession and betrayal this is the most...

This is a New York Time Notable book of the year 2015. It was Shortlisted for the Kirkus Review Prize 2015. [A] kaleidoscopically imaginative novel…Barker stitches together an unnervingly perceptive portrait of China and of the enduring influence that its past has on the present. (The New Yorker). A thrilling journey through a thousand years of obsession and betrayal this is the most extraordinary work of imagination you’ll read all year. (Adam Johnson Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2013). An extraordinary novel. Erudite intriguing and compulsively readable Susan Barker a born story-teller has written one of the most remarkable novels of recent years. (John Boyne). A brilliant mind-expanding and wildly original novel. (Chris Cleave). What a ferociously talented writer Susan Barker is. The Incarnations is a hallucinatory ride. Highly recommend. (Anna Hope). Beijing 2008 the Olympics are coming but as taxi driver Wang circles the city’s congested streets he feels barely alive. His daily grind is suddenly interrupted when he finds a letter in the sunshade of his cab. Someone is watching him. Someone who claims to be his soulmate and to have known him for over a thousand years. Other letters follow taking Wang back in time: to a spirit-bride in the Tang Dynasty to young slaves during the Mongol invasion to concubines plotting to kill the emperor to a kidnapping in the Opium War and to Red Guards during the Cultural revolution. And with each letter Wang feels the watcher in the shadows growing closer…Sweeping between China past and present the incarnations illuminates the cyclical nature of history and shows how man is condemned to repeat the same mistakes over and over again.

Autor: Susan Barker
Editura: Transworld Publishers Ltd