Title: A Burden Of Flowers
Publication Date: 2001
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.
Tokyo. 2001. Kodansha. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. Translated from the Japanese by Alfred Birnbaum. 240 pages. hardcover. Cover: Lester C. Pancoast. 4770026862. keywords: Literature Japan Translated. inventory # 32402. FROM THE PUBLISHER - An intelligent, cosmopolitan novel set in the exotic surroundings of Bali and alive with suspense, drug intrigue, courtroom drama, and political tension, A BURDEN OF FLOWERS is based on a true story of the 1980s. The action centers on Asia-traveling Japanese artist ‘Tez’ Nishijima and his Europhile sister Kaoru. When Tez is arrested in Bali on charges of heroin trafficking and faces the death penalty, his parents are paralyzed with shame, leaving his Paris-based sister to come to the rescue. She enlists the help of an old expert on Indonesia and two of his friends, and - ‘like Dorothy with the Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and Scarecrow’ - sets off to challenge a shadowy and, to her, very alien situation. Her brother, languishing in Jail, thinks back over his journeys in Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, to the two women - one sweet, one sinister - who changed his life there, to his subsequent slow spiral into drug addiction. and to the day a police stooge planted a cigarette carton filled with heroin in his room in the Kuta Beach ‘backpack territory’ of Bali. Tez’s life hangs in the balance, tipped one way by the maneuverings of a dangerous senior police officer, and the other way by the investigative efforts of an undercover agent who, in a powerful climax, is shot and left for dead. A BURDEN OF FLOWERS is both a Pan-Asian adventure that will appeal to readers familiar with The Beach, and a cutting-edge portrait of the ‘New Asia’ in which Japan - the long-lost, economically spoiled child of the region - is still struggling to find itself. Bookseller Inventory # 32402
Synopsis: From the acclaimed author of "Still Lives", this novel charts the bitter struggle for justice against the might of the pan-Asian drugs cartels and a nation's cancerous political corruption.
"... a joy to read." -- Kate Ayers, Bookreporter.com
"A languid, layered book -- part travelogue, part courtroom drama -- that at heart is an intriguing exploration of the nature of creativity." -- Booklist
"A meditative novel ... affecting and effective... [with] resonance and power." -- Los Angeles Times
"Ikezawa lets the novel unfold at a leisurely pace, his pages overflowing with atmosphere, color and sharp observation...." -- Graham Dwyer, The Daily Yomiuri
"It is the spiritual material and Ikezawa's graceful presentation of Tez's musings ... that make this a worthwhile read." -- Publishers Weekly
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