The Zither Player of Angkor
This story begins seven hundred years ago, as the powerful and decadent Khmer Empire edges towards ruin in the forests of Angkor. Khesu, an enigmatic figure, who is among other things a zither player, draws women in with his beauty and enchants them with his music. He falls in love with eight women, but they all mysteriously disappear after the point of reaching sexual climax.
Khesu creates otherworldly music that can draw power from shadows, water, and wind. Each zither he crafts contains a soul. But one certain zither became legendary; it was made of his living skin, and survived through the ages to twentieth century Cambodia. And so, as each of his lovers is buried, he lives on eternally, through cycles of rebirth. He tastes bittersweet love and desire, and watches as dynasties rise and fall, until he finally breaks free and seeks to relinquish his immortality.
Translated from the Chinese by Dariush Robertson
Publication date: 2018
Format: Paperback (Demy octavo) 216mm x 138mm