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…

The Man Booker Prize 2013
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4th Estate
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Tash Aw

Tash Aw

About the Author

The 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.
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