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In The Shadow Of The Banyan

by Vaddey Ratner

Modern and Contemporary Fiction

In The Shadow Of The Banyan Synopsis

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. 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, In the Shadow of the Banyanis testament to the transcendent power of narrative and a brilliantly wrought tale of human resilience.

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ISBN: 9781849837606
Publication date: 06/06/2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781849837606
Publication date: 6th June 2013
Author: Vaddey Ratner
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: Modern and Contemporary Fiction,
Collections: 60+ Novels to Bring You Back to Nature,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Vaddey Ratner

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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