“This is a brutal and yet beautiful novel of love, life and death, betrayal, revenge and obsession set in contemporary Beijing that takes the reader on an extraordinary journey through thousands of years of Chinese history. A feast for all the senses.”
Matt Bates, fiction buyer at WH Smith Travel
Beijing, 2008, the Olympics are coming, but as taxi driver Wang circles the city’s congested streets, he feels barely alive. His daily grind is suddenly interrupted when he finds a letter in the sunshade of his cab. Someone is watching him. Someone who claims to be his soulmate and to have known him for over a thousand years.
Other letters follow, taking Wang back in time: to a spirit-bride in the Tang Dynasty; to young slaves during the Mongol invasion; to concubines plotting to kill the emperor; to a kidnapping in the Opium War; and to Red Guards during the Cultural revolution.
And with each letter, Wang feels the watcher in the shadows growing closer …
Sweeping between China past and present, THE INCARNATIONS illuminates the cyclical nature of history, and shows how man is condemned to repeat the same mistakes over and over again.
About Susan Barker:
Susan Barker grew up in east London. While writingThe Incarnations she spent several years living in Beijing, researching imperial and modern China. She lives in London. Follow her on Twitter@SusanKBarker
The Incarnations is published by Doubleday.