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The Harmony Silk Factory

(2005)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
Whitbread Prize Best First Novel
A brilliant novel from a genuinely exciting new voice in British fiction. A novel for anyone who enjoyed The English Patient.

Set in Malaysia in the 1930s and 40s, with the rumbling of the Second World War in the background and the Japanese about to invade, The Harmony Silk Factory is the story of four people: Johnny, an infamous Chinaman -- a salesman, a fraudster, possibly a murderer -- whose shop house, The Harmony Silk Factory, he uses as a front for his illegal businesses; Snow Soong, the beautiful daughter of one of the Kinta Valley's most prominent families, who dies giving birth to one of the novel's narrators; Kunichika, a Japanese officer who loves Snow too; and an Englishman, Peter Wormwood, who went to Malaysia like many English but never came back, who also loved Snow to the end of his life. A journey the four of them take into the jungle has a devastating effect on all of them, and brilliantly exposes the cultural tensions of the era. Haunting, highly original, The Harmony Silk Factory is suspenseful to the last page.

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"A fine, strong, confident novel -- and what a storyteller Tash Aw is. Unputdownable." - Doris Lessing


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Hardback Editions

March 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Harmony Silk Factory
Author(s): Tash Aw
ISBN: 1-57322-300-X / 978-1-57322-300-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover
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March 2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Harmony Silk Factory
Author(s): Tash Aw
ISBN: 0-00-718204-X / 978-0-00-718204-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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Paperback Editions

January 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Harmony Silk Factory
Author(s): Tash Aw
ISBN: 0-00-723228-4 / 978-0-00-723228-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Harmony Silk Factory
Author(s): Tash Aw
ISBN: 0-00-779123-2 / 978-0-00-779123-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perinal
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February 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Harmony Silk Factory
Author(s): Tash Aw
ISBN: 1-59448-174-1 / 978-1-59448-174-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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October 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: Xharmony Silk Factory Pb
Author(s): Aw Tash
ISBN: 0-00-776241-0 / 978-0-00-776241-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Collins Promotion
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July 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Harmony Silk Factory
Author(s): Tash Aw
ISBN: 0-00-720451-5 / 978-0-00-720451-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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June 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Harmony Silk Factory
Author(s): Tash Aw
ISBN: 0-00-719381-5 / 978-0-00-719381-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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May 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Harmony Silk Factory
Author(s): Tash Aw
ISBN: 0-00-718322-4 / 978-0-00-718322-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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May 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Harmony Silk Factory
Author(s): Tash Aw
ISBN: 0-00-720529-5 / 978-0-00-720529-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Harmony Silk Factory Edition: First
Author(s): Tash Aw
ISBN: 0-7394-6339-X / 978-0-7394-6339-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead
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Audio Editions

2004 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Harmony Silk Factory
Author(s): Tash Aw
ISBN: 1-84505-991-3 / 978-1-84505-991-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Clipper Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

December 2008 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Harmony Silk Factory
Author(s): Tash Aw
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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February 2006 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Harmony Silk Factory
Author(s): Tash Aw
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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