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Daniel Drews, editor of the Hong Kong-based magazine Orientweek, is a man in full charge of his destiny - until his best friend, and the magazine's founder, succeeds in drinking himself to death - and suddenly everthing Drews values is up for grabs. Not only is he in danger of losing his cool Japanese wife, whose affair with another man torments him into a perverse cult of possession, but there is a sinister scheme to betray the magazine that has become his life. To stop it, Drews is forced to seek out the man with the key to the deal, the depraved Evan Olcott, and finds himself drawn into a bizarre journey into the dark heart of India.
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Spaeth's third novel (after May and June ) is a bracing mix of romance, politics, newsroom antics and a reporter's ode to changing times in modern-day Hong Kong. The story is narrated from beyond the grave by Timothy Marquand, an old China hand who dies in October 1989 in a Hong Kong hospital. He is survived by his lover and manservant Kim Wah; his close friend Daniel Drews, editor and co-founder with Marquand of the Hong Kong news-magazine Orientweek ; and the third founder of Orientweek , Nick Naversen, who plans, against Drews's wishes, to use Marquand's death as an excuse to sell out to Time magazine. With an omniscience afforded by death, Marquand explains how he met Drews; how Drews met his Japanese wife, Miki;, and how the Orientweek editor, after Marquand's death, fights for control of the magazine. At times, the beyond-the-grave voice-over seems designed only to excuse Marquand's all-knowing eye, but it tells its story smoothly and in an engaging manner, with a convincing mix of humor and gravity. Ultimately, Spaeth, who's a former Hong Kong newsman himself, is writing a story here about fear: fear of loss, fear of change, fear of the impending reunification of Hong Kong with the rest of China. Gossipy, heartfelt, bitter and resigned, his tale of how golden ages always give way to eras of lesser value has the ring of truth.
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'For originality and a sense of the weird, Spaeth leaves most of his contemporaries at the starting gate.' -- Sunday Express
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Book Description Penguin Books Australia, 1994. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0140240764