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Joseph Conrad, W. Somerset Maugham, and Anthony Burgess have shaped our perceptions of Malaysia. In Tash Aw, we now havean authentic Malaysian voice that remaps this literary landscape.The Harmony Silk Factory traces the story of textile merchant Johnny Lim, a Chinese peasant living inBritish Malayain the first half of the twentieth century.Johnny’s factoryis the most impressive structure in the region, and to the inhabitants of the Kinta ValleyJohnny is a hero a Communist who fought the Japanese when they invaded, ready to sacrifice his life for the welfare of his people. But to his son, Jasper, Johnny is a crook and a collaborator who betrayed the very people he pretended to serve, and the Harmony Silk Factory is merely a front for his father’s illegal businesses. This debut novelfrom Tash Aw gives us an exquisitely written look into another culture at a moment of crisis. The Harmony Silk Factory won the 2005 Whitbread First Novel Award and also made it to the 2005 Man Booker longlist. ”
About the Author
Tash Aw was born in Taipei and brought up in Malaysia. He moved to England in his teens. This is his first novel.
A tale inspired by Joseph Conrad’s “Nostromo” follows the story of Colombian-born Josâe Altamirano, who reveals his integral role in the classic’s writing and who pens his own version of events against a backdrop of a flourishing twentieth-century Londonand lawless Panama.