Lisbon, 1898: philandering surgeon Antonio Maria discovers his father is dying of syphilis, scourge of both rich and poor. Desperate to find a cure, he sets sail for Peking. But Antonio encounters the alluring Fumi, and finds a woman he cannot leave behind. As he wrestles with his disbelief in irrational Chinese views about illness, and helplessly falls into an erotic obsession with Fumi, violence breaks out across China. Antonio must decide whether to flee or stay in China and discover for himself if the cure he has been chasing is merely a myth.
|Publication date:||23rd May 2013|
|Publisher:||Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd an imprint of Duckworth Overlook|
Kunal Basu was born in Calcutta. He is the author of three other novels, The Opium Clerk, The Miniaturist and Racists, and a book of short stories, The Japanese Wife, which inspired a film. He lives in Oxford, where he teaches at Oxford University, and is married with one daughter.More About Kunal Basu