The Excommunicated - Ahmad Kamal; Charles G. Booth;The Falcon Press, 1952, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with some nicks and chips. Both boards slightly sprung. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “This novel concerns the lives of three people caught up in the intrigue and complex machinations of the main political groups in pre-Communist China. His story is of Mark Lansing, American newspaperman in Shanghai, his colleague, White Russian, Vianor, and Valya the latter’s young and beautiful sister. Believing that he is atoning for the seduction of his father’s youthful second wife, Mark refutes the love he has for the young girl Valya. By mischance he becomes involved in a Communist plot to devalue the country’s currency. Murders are committed in order to obtain the information he holds, and eventually his two friends are taken prisoner and held in the Soviet Embassy. In searching for them and aiding their escape, Mark realises that his life has been one long act of penance for an adolescent sin, and that his true love for Valya provides absolution. Under Kamal’s pen, the ‘exciting glamour of the Orient’ is defined in its true light. His descriptions of Shanghai after nightfall, of the imaginative intricacies of the Chinese Theatre and the character of the people themselves are rooted in the author’s deep and intimate knowledge of that land.”