Looking for Estrellita

Looking for Estrellita

Summary: Looking for Estrellita is a dazzling collection of essays full of new and important ideas. Castro explores foreignness, the multiplicity of the self, the business of writing and language, and celebrates the novel as a way of understanding the world. These essays are highly intellectual, yet written with such wit, eloquence, perception and charm, that they are extremely accessible. Price: USD 6.99, HKD 54.99 Author/Editor: Brian Castro Publisher: BookCyclone ISBN: 978-988-15165-6-5 Buy: Amazon Barnes & Noble...

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The Bath Fugues

The Bath Fugues

Summary: From one of Australia’s most lauded writers, comes a wonderfully wrought work, melding intrigue, romance, comedy and deception, taking the form of three interwoven novellas. Castro has won nearly every Australian literary prize there is and with Bath Fugues he is set to have another literary bestseller. Price: USD 9.99, HKD 78.99 Author/Editor: Brian Castro Publisher: Giramondo Publishing ISBN: 978-988-15164-4-2 Buy: Amazon Barnes & Noble  ...

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Stepper

Stepper

Summary: Tokyo, 1933. Tall, broodingly handsome, Victor Stepper is a consummate ladies’ man, a brilliant journalist…and spy. As the world descends into war, Stepper collects information and sends it on to Moscow. Then he falls in love with Reiko, a Japanese woman. And Victor Stepper begins to fall apart. Price: USD 6.99, HKD 54.99 Author/Editor: Brian Castro Publisher: Random House ISBN: 978-988-15165-5-8 Buy: Amazon Barnes & Noble  ...

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Shanghai Dancing

Shanghai Dancing

Summary: After 40 years in Australia, Antonio Castro packs a bag and walks out of his old life forever. The victim of a restlessness he calls “Shanghai Dancing,” Antonio seeks to understand the source of his condition in his family’s wanderings. Reversing his parents’ own migration, Antonio heads back to their native Shanghai, where his world begins to fragment as his ancestry starts to flood into his present, and emissaries of glittering pre-war China, evangelical Liverpool and seventeenth-century Portugal merge into contemporary backdrops across Asia, Europe and Australia. A “fictional autobiography,” Shanghai Dancing is a dazzling meditation on identity, language and disorientation that combines photographs and written images in the style of W.G. Sebald. The Age has described the book as “an extraordinary polyglot mix of sources: Portuguese, Chinese, English, Jewish and Catholic, and a mysterious recessive black gene… told in Castro’s characteristically baroque prose, dense with its passion for language and serious wordplay.” The winner of some of Australia’s top literary prizes, Shanghai Dancing has been praised by its judges as “a work of major significance [that] challenges our expectations of storytelling… It is impressive as history, as fiction, as a book which stretches the literary form and which speaks to the universality of the human experience.” Price: USD 8.99, HKD 70.99 Author/Editor: Brian Castro Publisher: Giramondo Publishing ISBN: 978-988-15165-1-0 Buy: Amazon Barnes & Noble...

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After China

After China

Summary: After China, is a novel which offers lasting pleasures through its rich combination of consummate story-telling, playfulness and wisdom. An architect meets a writer on a beach. He has escaped from China. She is dying of cancer. Attracted to her, yet infinitely cautious, he spins ties between them with near-magical stories of ancient China. Without knowing that she is ill, that she is dying, his stories derive from Taoist manuals which prescribe sexual control in order to attain immortality. In time he comes to understand the urgency of her predicatment and the irony of his drive to save her. As the novel unfolds, and as the strangely labyrinthine hotel he has designed threatens to merge with the ocean over which it is so precariously built, we understand with him that if illness is totally time-bound, then only story-telling can being to exorcise time. After China has all the power and lasting beauty of a contemporary Arabian Nights. The idea of China – as a measure of difference from the West – is freshly explored through robust, life-affirming story-telling. And, in turn, magnificently counterpoints the delicate hesitancies of this most contemporary of romances, allowing the reader to think anew about issues no less weighty than love and survival. Price: USD 6.99, HKD 54.99 Author/Editor: Brian Castro Publisher: Wakefield Press ISBN: 978-988-15165-9-6 Buy: Amazon (US) Barnes &...

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