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Isham Cook

American essayist and novelist based in China since 1994. Writing philosophy: downmarket, big concept, provocative, discriminating, outrageous. Ballard, Beckett, Borges, Dick, Kafka, Hesse, Melville, Mishima, Sade are influences.

Out of the squalor and into the light: When the Shanghai wall came down

Glimmers of Shanghai’s modernity in a 19th-century courtesan novel.