Review: The Incarnations, Susan Barker

‘You will see me again. We are destined to be together. I will come back to you in dreams, or another life.’

The Incarnations Susan Barker

Driver Wang lives an innocuous life driving his Beijing taxi, until he starts receiving letters from a mysterious sender.

The letters tell of his past lives: from the days of Genghis Khan and his barbarous Mongols, to the brutal harems of The Emperor of Knives, to the reign of Chairman Mao and his infamous Red Guards.

The writer knows him well, too well, and Driver Wang starts to fear for himself and his family, but the letters keep on coming.

‘I pity your poor wife, Driver Wang. What’s the bond of matrimony compared to the bond we have shared for over a thousand years?’

The two souls meet again and again, across time, borders, race, and gender, bound together by something that transcends them all.

The Incarnations is so many stories wrapped into one astounding tale, and the end result is nothing short of a masterpiece. Susan Barker takes us on a breathtaking tour of China’s chequered history, and her literary prowess is a thing of beauty.

It’s not out until July 3rd 2014, but if you can’t wait, preorder it here.

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