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Vaddey Ratner - Author

About the Author

Vaddey Ratner is a survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. Her critically acclaimed bestselling debut novel, In the Shadow of the Banyan, was a Finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and has been translated into seventeen languages. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Cornell University, where she specialized in Southeast Asian history and literature. Her most recent novel is Music of the Ghosts.

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Music of the Ghosts

Music of the Ghosts

Author: Vaddey Ratner Format: eBook Release Date: 11/04/2017

From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of In the Shadow of the Banyan comes a novel about a young woman who returns to her homeland after receiving a letter from a mysterious man who claims to have known her father before he disappeared in the Cambodian holocaust.Teera, a thirty-seven-year-old American, returns to Cambodia for the first time after her harrowing escape as a child refugee more than two decades earlier. She carries back with her the ashes of her recently deceased aunt and a letter from a stranger who claims he knew her father in Slak Daek, the notorious Pol Pot security prison where her father disappeared. When she arrives, Teera finds a country of survivors, where perpetrators and victims of recent atrocities are finding a way to live side by side. She reacquaints herself with places that ignite long-buried memories and prepares herself to learn her fathers fate from the author of the letter, known as the Old Musician. Now a half-blind elderly man who earns his keep by playing music for funerals and spirit ceremonies at a temple, the Old Musician waits for Teeras visit, anticipating the confession he must make. He remembers his love for her mother, his admiration for her father, and the passion with which they all embraced the Khmer Rouges promise of a democratic society, embarking on a journey that ended in the horror chamber only he survived. Who can we forgive? What is justice? How do we atone? Together Teera and the Old Musician confront the truth of their intertwined past, weaving a melody that will leave both transformed, and freeing Teera to find a new home and a new love in the places she least expects.

Im Schatten des Banyanbaums

Im Schatten des Banyanbaums

Author: Vaddey Ratner Format: eBook Release Date: 11/11/2015

Die Kindheit der siebenjahrigen Raami endet jah, als die Roten Khmer in Kambodscha die Macht ubernehmen und samtliche Bewohner aus der Hauptstadt vertreiben. Die behutete Welt der Adelsfamilie bricht zusammen. Das Madchen und ihre Angehorigen erleben die Grausamkeit der neuen Machthaber, aber auch die unermessliche Grozugigkeit der Menschen drauen auf dem weiten Land. Aus der Perspektive eines fantasiebegabten Mdchens, das unbeirrbar und mutig an seinen Trumen festhlt, erzhlt Vaddey Ratner eine unfassbare Lebensgeschichte, die auch die ihre ist.

In The Shadow Of The Banyan

In The Shadow Of The Banyan

Author: Vaddey Ratner Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2012

{\rtf1\ansi\ansicpg1252\deff0{\fonttbl{\f0\fnil\fcharset0 Arial;}} \viewkind4\uc1\pard\lang2057\fs18 For seven-year-old Raami, the shattering end of childhood begins with the footsteps of her father returning home in the early dawn hours bringing details of the civil war that has overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital. Soon the family's world of carefully guarded royal privilege is swept up in the chaos of revolution and forced exodus. \par Over the next four years, as she endures the deaths of family members, starvation, and brutal forced labour, Raami clings to the only remaining vestige of childhood - the mythical legends and poems told to her by her father. In a climate of systematic violence where memory is sickness and justification for execution, Raami fights for her improbable survival. Displaying the author's extraordinary gift for language, \i In the Shadow of the Banyan\i0 is testament to the transcendent power of narrative and a brilliantly wrought tale of human resilience. \par }

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