In the Peninsula, the veiled women rule: guardians of the Dapur, the sacred hearth. Their world seems mediaeval, beautiful but backward, but the Peninsula is a very ancient place, and what looks like "magic" and superstition may actually be a very powerful and subtle means of shaping the world; in all the ways the "Dapurs" consider important. In Ranganar, the island city of the south, the Samsui reformers, builders of machines and factories, pursue their heretic dream of the "Three Springs": liberty, equality and hard work. The Dapurs of the traditional, feudal Peninsula, whose first rule is to preserve lives, have forbidden armed rebellion against the foreigners from over the sea, even though these alien Rulers now seem bent on ruling a country full of corpses. But Derveet, outcast heir of the Garuda family, the Peninsula's paramount sovereigns, has raised a new kind of rebellion, calling to her aid secret powers the foreigners can't understand: and the veiled ladies at last, have signalled their support. Why have they changed their minds? It's something to do with Cho, known to the people as the-doll-who-is-a-person: a perfect machine out of the legendary past, who has given herself, body, heart and soul, to the last of the Garudas. . . But should Derveet and her friends be paying more attention to Cho's Cat, the elegant and heartless feloid Divine Endurance? Divine Endurance has never forgiven the humans, those toymakers of long ago, who created her and then abandoned her. . .
Divine Endurance, the classic Gwyneth Jones novel set in a strange and thrilling South East Asia of the far distant future, and featuring Cho, the "metagenetic gynoid", was published in 1984. Flowerdust, a different adventure set in the same world, with the same characters, was written for a different publisher, ten years later. This new, revised edition in a single volume, exclusive to Kindle, brings the two stories of "The Last Days Of Ranaganar" together, for the first time.
The original 1984 version of Divine Endurance is also available on Kindle.
Gwyneth Jones "one of the finest sf writers of her generation": winner, among other honours, of two World Fantasy Awards, the Tiptree Award, the Philip K. Dick award, the Arthur C Clarke award, the British SF Association's short story award, spent three years living in Singapore and travelling in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, before writing Divine Endurance, and has returned to the region several times.