Tash Aw’s acclaimed first novel is a multi-layered story of love and regret set against the turmoil of mid-20th century Malaysia.
Tash Aw’s kaleidoscopic novel about the overlapping lives of five ambitious newcomers to China’s most dynamic city.
Welcome to Shanghai. A restless metropolis, where old traditions collide with new ambitions. A place where anything can happen and anybody can become a ‘somebody’. Gold-digger, property magnate, pop star, entrepreneur, guru: five newcomers are lured by the promise of making fortunes and remaking identities. But then they find their lives converging in unpredictable ways…
About the AuthorThe polyglot Tash Aw - he speaks Malay, Mandarin, Cantonese and English - was unsatisfied with how south-east Asia was portrayed in Western literature so he set out to show its complexities.