One autumn, the serene marriage of a Swiss dermatologist to an English WHO leprosy expert is shattered by three intrusions on his Geneva practice: an American violinist marred by a birthmark; a tattooed Japanese gangster; and the doctor's old rival-in-love, now Manhattan's Botox King, Both dark satire and moving love story, this novel confirms the author's far-ranging talents.
Dinah Lee Küng is the author of three comic novels, "A Visit From Voltaire", "Under Their Skin" and "Love and the Art of War", and also the trilogy, "The Handover Mysteries", set in Hong Kong during the transition years 1996-2002 and published under the name D. L. Kung.
"A Visit From Voltaire" and "The Handover Mysteries" are now available as e-books as well as paperbacks. Also available as a Kindle e-book is her three-act play, "Dear Mr Rogge," which won a commendation in the BBC World Service-British Council's international Playwriting Contest 2009. "Dear Mr Rogge" is a drama about the Olympics and the power of truth, based on the true story of Chinese writer-in-detention, He Depu.
Küng became a novelist after twenty years of reporting from Asia, (primarily China and Hong Kong) for newspapers and magazines, including the Economist, Business Week, the International Herald Tribune and National Public Radio.
"A Visit From Voltaire" was nominated for the Orange Prize for Fiction, 2004. "Beneath the surface of a light-hearted comedy, Dinah Lee Küng addresses a wide range of serious questions-- how much energy and passion is put into any lasting literary work, how literary friendships are never free from jealousy, and what posterity and ideals really mean," The London Student.
"Under Their Skin" is a touching love story set in the international community in Geneva. Shirley Curran, reviewer for the popular website "Geneva Lunch," writes:
This novel follows various threads, sometimes with delicious humour (as, for example, Shino's tattoos are removed from his most private places) to great pathos as we get to know Mira. The threads are brilliantly woven together in a very moving finale. This novel is tremendous fun to read. There is an added pleasure in the familiar Genevan landscape that is evoked throughout the novel and the gentle humour at the expense of the Swiss.
"The Handover Mysteries" also garnered critical praise:
--Kung delivers a touching story enriched by its strong atmosphere-- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
--It would be easy to assume that Hong Kong is populated solely by spies and incredibly rich people who made their fortunes off the backs of peasants. What distinguishes this book is a compelling sense of place. This is a Hong Kong readers don't come across very often and the author brings the city alive. It's an unusual debut-- The Chicago Tribune
See Küng's webpage at WWW.DINAHLEEKUNG.COM for her bio and info on her books and plays as well as activities and support for PEN's Writers in Prison in Committee.
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