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In the Fabled East
"An unforgettable tour of colonial Vietnam, connecting characters and storylines from 1870s France to the aftermath of Dien Bien Phu with skill and authority, moving with insight and wit from the ordinary to the mythological without a seam. A fabulous piece of writing."
From one of Canada’s best young voices comes a sweeping literary adventure set against the backdrop of French Indochina.
Paris, 1909: Adélie Tremier, a young widow suffering the final stages of tuberculosis, flees for French-occupied Indochina, through the lush forests of Laos, to seek out a fabled spring of immortality that might allow her to return to her nine-year-old son.
Laos, 1936: Pierre Lazarie, a young academic turned Saigon bureaucrat, is sent by Adélie’s son, now an Army captain, to find his longlost mother. Although his assigned quest fulfills Pierre’s fantasy to travel up the exotic Mekong, he is saddled with his colleague Henri LeDallic, an Indochina old-timer who would rather glory in his loutish past than hunt for ghosts in the jungle. Yet what this mismatched pair discovers forms the mysterious heart of Adam Lewis Schroeder’s brilliant and compelling new novel.
Bridging history from 1890s Aix-en-Provence to American involvement in 1950s Vietnam, In the Fabled East is a rich and sensual depiction of Southeast Asia, charting the loss of innocence of both individuals and the world at large. Echoing Graham Greene and Joseph Conrad, this is historical fiction written with wisdom and panache.
“A novel of profound intelligence and wit, deftly weaving history and myth, male and female, East and West, agony and splendour. In the Fabled East is a stunning book.” — Annabel Lyon, author of The Golden Mean
“A sublime and often hilarious travel adventure.” TORO MAGAZINE
Considered one of Canada’s best young voices, Adam Lewis Schroeder brings to mind Graham Greene and Joseph Conrad in this historical fiction the Vancouver Sun praised as “breathtakingly original and shockingly powerful.”
“No other writer gets the heat, the chaos, the shimmering otherness of the East quite like Penticton’s Adam Lewis Schroeder. His second novel, In the Fabled East, is a witty romp through colonial Indochina that focuses on two French nationals separated by time and gender. . . united partly by war, partly by dissolution of empire, but mainly by a mother-and-child reunion.” Toronto Star
“Schroeder deliciously conjures the mad, hot, stinking confusion that is Indochine, the jumble of native and colonial customs, the bullock carts, betel juice, rickshaws and rice pounders alongside white linen suits, afternoon cocktails and louche French girls with their tennis games and sunstroke. A book to read, a writer to watch.” Telegraph-Journal
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