The Incarnations
- by Susan Barker -
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Publisher: Doubleday
Publication Date: July 3, 2014
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0857522574
ISBN-13: 978-0857522573
Synopsis Beijing, 2008. The Olympics are coming, the city is rejuvenated, but taxi driver Wang is barely alive. He drives in circles, ferrying passengers around the congested streets. Then one day he finds a letter addressed to him in his cab, and Wang’s gridlocked life is over. Someone is watching him. Someone who claims to be his soulmate who has known him for over a thousand years…

Wang is sent more letters. Each one takes him back in time: to a spirit bride searching for her long-lost father in the Tang Dynasty; to young slaves fleeing through the desert after the Mongol Invasion; to concubines plotting murder in the Ming Dynasty; to an Englishman held to ransom during the Opium War; and to Red Guards rampaging through the streets of Beijing.

Sweeping majestically between China past and present, THE INCARNATIONS illuminates the cyclical nature of history and shows us how man is condemned to repeat the same mistakes over and over again.
Susan Barker
Phil Whelan meets British author Susan Barker. She is the author of the novels "Sayonara Bar", "The Orientalist and the Ghost", and has just published her third work "The Incarnations", which involved spending several years living in Beijing, researching modern and imperial China.
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