The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

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A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present.  When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.
 

About Jan-Philipp Sendker

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Jan-Philipp Sendker, born in Hamburg in 1960, was the American correspondent for Stern from 1990 to 1995, and its Asian correspondent from 1995 to 1999. In 2000 he published Cracks in the Great Wall, a nonfiction book about China. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats is his first novel. He lives in Berlin with his family. Kevin Wiliarty has a BA in German from Harvard and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. A native of the United States, he has also lived in Germany and Japan. He is currently an academic technologist at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where he lives with his wife and two children.
 
Published January 31, 2012 by Other Press. 337 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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German journalist Sendker's first novel, originally published in German in 2002, is a love story set in Burma and imbued with Eastern spirituality and fairy-tale romanticism.

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This tearful, circuitous German bestseller traces the lost romance between a blind young monk and a poor crippled girl in pre-WWII Burma. Sendker employs an elaborate secondhand flashback device to se

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Sendker employs an elaborate secondhand flashback device to send Julia, an American lawyer, to Burma on a hunch that she might find clues to the whereabouts of her Burmese father, Tin Win, a prominent New York celebrity lawyer who was blind as a child and vanished four years ago, apparently of hi...

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It is a story that follows the love between two people, but it is also a story about love, about its redemptive power, its creative power, its ability to grant freedom to the person loved and not be diminished.

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City Book Review

After super sleuthing through her father’s belongings, Julia discovers a letter her father wrote to a woman named Mi Mi.

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... We Love This Book is Britain's brightest and best new books magazine. ... Set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats is Sendker's English-language debut, and is a touching account of a ... Review by Emma Henaughan.

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... The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker is a mystery revolving around a moving and heartwarming love story set in Burma.

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BookNAround

... The heart and the mind do not see in equal measure. And sometimes those of us with reasonably decent eye sight miss the things that the heart ...

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From Left to Write

BUT, I’ve been re-reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, in preparation for reading the new book in the series (arriving to my mailbox on Saturday!) AND the new series on Starz.

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Entomology of a Bookworm

... Jan-Philipp Sendker's brilliant debut novel, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, opens in a tea house in Burma, where Julia has come in an attempt ...

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Digital Journal

This book - excellently translated from the original German - reads almost like poetry in prose, the language is so well utilized.

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Words Without Borders

Sendker tells the story of an incorruptible love, forged by two kindred spirits, set against the rustic yet lushly exotic backdrop of Southeast Asia.

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... A love story that puts The Notebook to shame, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats is a moving tribute to undying love that perseveres practically ...

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