Yellow Emperor's Cure: A Novel

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Overlook, Oct 27, 2011 - Fiction - 400 pages
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In a breakout novel that transports the reader to a brilliantly imagined, sensuously portrayed, dangerous point in history, Kunal Basu has written the tale of a man's journey that spans continents- -and the limits of his faith in science. Lisbon, 1898: Antonio Maria, surgeon and notorious playboy, returns home after a long absence to learn his beloved father has syphilis, the scourge of both rich and poor. Determined to find a cure, Antonio sets sail for Peking, to study under the evasive but renowned Dr. Xu. But Dr. Xu does not intend to give away his knowledge, and Antonio suddenly falls in love with his assistant, the elusive Fumi. The threat of the advancing Boxer rebellion hangs over the Summer Palace, and Antonio and Fumi must decide whether to flee together or remain in China.

Kunal Basu's lush, haunting tale invites comparisons to Michael Ondaatje's best work. This superb novel conjures a man discovering the love that will force him to question everything.

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User Review  - YossarianXeno - LibraryThing

The author has a nice way with words and, with the Chinese Boxer Rebellion of 1905, he has picked a potentially fascinating context for his novel. But those advantages are counterbalanced by a poor ... Read full review

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User Review  - kakadoo202 - LibraryThing

i so wanted to like this book, but i think my expectations were too high. imlove historical fiction and are intrigued by stories out of china, but here i was not able to connect to the characters and i was not able to fish the book. interesting story but the execution was not my style. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Kunal Basu was born in Calcutta and has traveled widely. He is the author of three other novels, The Opium Clerk, The Miniaturist, and Racists, and a book of short stories, The Japanese Wife. He teaches at Oxford University and is married with one daughter. Visit

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