The year is 1989. The cold War is over. The Iron Curtain lies in tatters and communism is taking its final bow across the globe. In the heart of London in a small cafe, Hungarian exile Tristan Szerei contemplates his future. Can he finally put his past behind him and return to Budapest or must he remain a prisoner to history? Enter Jonathan Blul, an American eye-doctor who is lovelorn, disheveled, opinionated and manipulative. This chance meeting begins a life-changing journey for both men - each leading to quite different consequences. The third component in the unholy trinity is Kay-Kay, a beautiful but enigmatic Cantonese club owner who is unable to trust or love. She is also exiled, this time in California from a dark and oppressive family history. Anthony Steyning joins these characters by circumstance as he combines an erudite grasp of the historical and political context of the times with a taut and gripping tale of love, loss and personal tragedy.
About the Author
Anthony Steyning is the author of four previous novels. His first, The Vortical Man, was published in Paris and led to Steyning meeting Lawrence Durrell, who became a supporter of his work. His most recent, The Applicant, was published by The Book Guild in 2004. Anthony has also written three plays, two of which have been performed in Montreal and New York and the latest, Double Parked, is to be produced in London. Anthony Steyning currently lives in Southern Spain.