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Ambitious tales of generational Japan

By Ian Buruma Atlantic Books, €21.60 The China Lover

29th November, 2008

By Ian Buruma Atlantic Books, €21.60 The China Lover

The second novel from Anglo-Dutch professor Ian Buruma centres on the real-life tale of Yamaguchi Yoshiko, a Japanese actress-turned journalist whose fascinating story is revealed by three male characters who cross paths with her.

The first part of the book is set in Japanese-occupied Manchuria in the years before and during World War II. Our narrator, Sato Daisuke, is a Japanese fix-it man and talent scout...

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