Map of the Invisible World by Tash Aw
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From the author of the internationally acclaimed The Harmony Silk Factory comes an enthralling novel that evokes an exotic yet turbulent place and time—1960s Indonesia during President Sukarno’s drive to purge the country of its colonial past. A page-turning story, Map of the Invisible World follows the journeys of two brothers and an American woman who are indelibly marked by the past—and swept up in the tides of history.
 

About Tash Aw

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TASH AW's debut novel, The Harmony Silk Factory, was the winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Novel and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He is also the author of Map of the Invisible World. Malaysian by birth, he now lives in London, and wrote this novel on a Fellowship in Shanghai.






Author Residence: London, UK






Author Hometown: Malaysia
 
Published December 2, 2009 by Spiegel & Grau. 338 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But her assistant, Din, seeing that Adam is impressionable, seeks to draw him into a violent revolutionary struggle at odds with the gentler vision that idealists like Karl had hoped would inform the new country.

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Yet as Adam slowly recovers memories of his lost brother, the search for his father - though no blood relation - comes to assume greater urgency.

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Publishers Weekly

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After 16-year-old Adam de Willigen's adoptive father, Karl, is arrested by Indonesian soldiers, stranding Adam in their remote island village, he sets off for Jakarta to find him.

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Set in the buildup to Indonesia's 1965 civil war, Tash Aw's Map of the Invisible World is the story of a 16-year-old boy on a quest to find his stepfather.

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The Washington Post

To me those islands were like a lost world where everything remained true and authentic, away from the gaze of foreigners -- a kind of invisible world, almost."

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The Independent

A former lover of Karl, Margaret suffers from guilt at American policy towards South-East Asia and feels unease at the anti-American sentiments she witnesses in Indonesia.

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The Telegraph

Aw has an exceptional talent for set pieces, as when Margaret watches a riot swarming round her car or when she gains an audience with President Sukarno to plead for information about Karl.

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The Telegraph

And most crucially of all, Adam – though a deliberately impressionable teen – is so infuriatingly passive that he is neither credible nor particularly engaging.

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Christian Science Monitor

Oscar Wilde famously wrote that “To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune;

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Dallas News

Fresh characters and an exotic setting make Tash Aw's second novel, Map of the Invisible World, engaging reading.

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Historical Novel Society

then his brother, Johan, was adopted, and now, his Dutch-born adoptive father, Karl, has been taken away by the military in an act of “repatriation.” Sixteen-year-old Adam’s struggle to remember his past, and to determine his future, is at the center of this novel, which teems with the strife and...

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