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


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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Hardback Editions

March 2005 : USA Hardback
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
Title: The Harmony Silk Factory
Author(s): Tash Aw
ISBN: 0-00-718204-X / 978-0-00-718204-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

January 2006 : UK Paperback
Title: The Harmony Silk Factory
Author(s): Tash Aw
ISBN: 0-00-723228-4 / 978-0-00-723228-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

2008 : UK Paperback
Title: The Harmony Silk Factory
Author(s): Tash Aw
ISBN: 0-00-779123-2 / 978-0-00-779123-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perinal
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

February 2006 : USA Paperback
Title: The Harmony Silk Factory
Author(s): Tash Aw
ISBN: 1-59448-174-1 / 978-1-59448-174-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

October 2005 : UK Paperback
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
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

July 2005 : UK Paperback
Title: The Harmony Silk Factory
Author(s): Tash Aw
ISBN: 0-00-720451-5 / 978-0-00-720451-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

June 2005 : UK Paperback
Title: The Harmony Silk Factory
Author(s): Tash Aw
ISBN: 0-00-719381-5 / 978-0-00-719381-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon UK   

May 2005 : UK Paperback
Title: The Harmony Silk Factory
Author(s): Tash Aw
ISBN: 0-00-718322-4 / 978-0-00-718322-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

May 2005 : UK Paperback
Title: The Harmony Silk Factory
Author(s): Tash Aw
ISBN: 0-00-720529-5 / 978-0-00-720529-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

2005 : USA Paperback
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
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

2004 : UK Audio CD
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
Title: The Harmony Silk Factory
Author(s): Tash Aw
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

February 2006 : USA Kindle edition
Title: The Harmony Silk Factory
Author(s): Tash Aw
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Availability: Amazon   



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