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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.
The Yellow Emperorís Cure
‘’[a] richly painted literary novel ... a deeply satisfying tale mixing history, cultural clashes, violence and love.’’ Kirkus
‘A wonderful and compelling visual novel, whose world is as completely realised as anything by Robert Graves, Amitav Ghosh or Barry Unsworth’ William Dalrymple, author of ’White Mughals’
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 a renowned doctor. But Antonio 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.