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Mandarin: A Novel Of Viet Nam

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Young Bach seemed to have it all-the first born son of the wealthiest and most powerful mandarin at the Hue court, he grew to be a robust and handsome young man, irresistible to the women in his life, brilliant at his studies and with a natural gift for the martial arts. Bach was a true diamond son. But Bach's was a case of the right birth at the wrong time. The feudal system that had dominated Viet Nam for more than a thousand years was locked in a death struggle with the forces of French colonial exploitation, Japanese imperialist lust and Ho Chi Minh's communist fanatics. The odds were stacked against Bach from the beginning and the mandarin's way of life was doomed in the cataclysmic birth throes of the modern socialist state. An epic tale of love and war, struggle, loss and rebirth, Bach's journey utterly captivates, from its first pages to its climactic finale.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Orchid Press Publishing Limited Publication Date: 02/03/2008 ISBN-13: 9789745241008  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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John Havan was born in Paris, France, in 1933; his father in Thanh Hoa, North Viet Nam, in 1909; his mother in London, England, in 1914. He was educated in England and worked for four decades with American and European firms in the Asia-Pacific region in the fields of defence contracting and defence sales. He retired in 1999 in the Philippines to become a novelist and is due to be published this year.

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