King's Last Song
9781931520560 · Trade paper· 5.5 x 8.5 · 450
pp · $16
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The King's Last Song is
an immersive novel of epic proportions that interweaves two Cambodian
stories: Archeologist Luc Andrade discovers an ancient manuscript
inscribed on gold leaves but is kidnapped — and the manuscript
stolen — by a faction still loyal to the ideals of the brutal
Pol Pot regime.
friends, an ex-Khmer Rouge agent and a young motoboy, embark on
a trek across Cambodia to rescue him. Meanwhile, Andrade, bargaining
for his life, translates the lost manuscript for his captors.
The result is a glimpse into
the tremendous and heart-wrenching story of King Jayavarman VII:
his childhood, rise to power, marriage, interest in Buddhism, and
the initiation of Cambodia's golden age. As Andrade and Jayavarman's
stories interweave, the question becomes whether the tale of ancient
wisdom can bring hope to a nation still suffering from the violent
legacy of the last century.
The King's Last Song
was originally published in the UK by HarperCollins. This new edition
has an new extended afterword by the author, "A Reality Check
on The King's Last Song," in which Ryman notes how both his
sources and experiences added to the writing of the novel.
* "An unforgettably
vivid portrait of Cambodian culture past and present."
—Booklist (starred review)
- Audio from the Rick Kleffel's
—Geoff Ryman reads
The King's Last Song.
—Geoff Ryman reads
Discussion with Geoff Ryman, Ellen Klages, Terry Bisson, and Nalo
Hopkinson : SF in SF, November 15, 2008.
in Cambodia: 90 minute radio special broadcast on Resonsance
FM in London in 2004. Music and interviews with Cambodian poets,
novelists, playwrights, arts organizations, dance and performance
artists and a pop star.(100
Let My Pen Bleed: an hour radio show on Khmer and Khmer-American
rap with music and interviews with Sok Visal, A Ping, Tony Real,
DJ Boomer, Silong and Prach Ly. Broadcast 2006 by Resonance FM
in London. (70 MB)
On the web:
- Cover art © Pablo Carral
Vega (from Corbis) and Jeremy Horner (Panos).
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