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Tale of the Dreamer's Son

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By the author of the international bestseller Evening Is The Whole Day, this novel set in Malaysia will appeal to readers of Arundhati Roy and Kiran Desai

In what was once a Scottish tea planter’s mansion in the highlands of Peninsular Malaysia, all religions are one and race is unheard of. That is, until the occupants of what is now known as the Muhibbah Centre for World Peace are joined by Salmah, a Malay Muslim woman. “All are welcome here,” they are reminded by their spiritual leader, Cyril Dragon, who is ignoring news of the changing political climate with its increasing religious intolerance. He is still trying to forget May 13, 1969, when ethnic tensions boiled over into bloodshed. Tale of the Dreamer’s Son guides us from that fateful incident in Malaysian history to the present day. Throughout, Samarasan’s polyphonic, rambunctious prose brilliantly navigates the tug-of-war between ideals and reality.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Tale of the Dreamer's Son is a riveting, painful, funny read from the author of the powerful Evening Is the Whole Day. I'd been waiting for this book. Nobody writes like Preeta Samarasan. Through astute characterization, sheer drama, evocative settings, superb prose, and blended language, Samarasan draws me into all the deep questions that rattle the foundations of her beloved Malaysia. I love this book in many ways, for the storytelling, for the music in her writing, for the images, but also for how it reminds me of how issues in Malaysia continue to mirror ours in Nigeria and many other parts of the world. What a fantastic, fantastic book!" - Uwem Akpan

"Politics, religion, culture and love collide on every page of Preeta Samarasan's new novel. At once furious and funny, majestic and intimate, Tale of the Dreamer's Son is an ode to the glorious and complex mess that is Malaysia." - Tash Aw

"Samarasan continues to be a wonder, a wryly vibrant, passionately astute chronicler of recent Malaysian history." - Peter Ho Davies

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