Ghosts of Manila by James Hamilton-Paterson

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A wasteland city whose factory processes the skeletons of derelicts for science harbors four people--a television journalist, an archaeologist, an embattled and poor Filipina, and a corrupt cop--who reflect on unresolved pasts and obsess upon the world around them.
 

About James Hamilton-Paterson

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James Hamilton-Paterson's first novel, Gerontius, won the Whitbread Award. He is an acclaimed author of nonfiction books, including Seven-Tenths, Three Miles Down and Playing with Water. He currently lives in Italy.
 
Published November 1, 1994 by Farrar Straus & Giroux (T). 279 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Set in post-Marcos contemporary Manila, this novel from versatile British writer Hamilton-Paterson (The Great Deep, 1992, etc.) is riveting as a work of docufiction but less satisfying as a conventional novel.

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Publishers Weekly

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Assorted characters-including Prideaux, a slum seamstress, a marginally corrupt cop and two female archeologists-separately explore the ways of the dead in Manila (bodies turn up as finds in archeological digs, as dumped police victims, as casualties of construction accidents in the Marcoses' pub...

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The Independent

When Prideaux meets the 'Rotting Man', a grotesquely diseased ex-soldier with tales of cannibalism on his conscience, we know he has come face to face not merely with another of Manila's victims but with something deeper - his own, and the city's, heart of darkness.

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The Independent

Much, according to James Hamilton-Paterson in his superb novel, Ghosts of Manila.

Jun 04 1994 | Read Full Review of Ghosts of Manila

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