The Time of the Dragons Author:Alice Ekert-Rotholz This absorbing novel of a group of Europeans in the Far East, spanning the past thirty years, carries the reader along at a breathless pace through adventure, intrigue, terror, and deep emotion. It follows the career of a Norwegian diplomat and his three daughters, each by a mother of different nationality, and of the Orientals, French, White R... more »ussians, and Americans with whom their lives become enmeshed. Each daughter in turn is involved in a love affair that responds to the mounting tensions of the times. Plots and counterplots abound; spies and suspected spies are on every hand; bombs fall--but life goes on. As the Japanese make their relentless way, and as the tide swings back to engulf them, we witness through the story of the three girls the passing of an old order and the unfolding of a new.
In presenting this cosmopolitan galaxy of fascinating individuals, the author has done a high-level service to the cause of fiction. Already a great success in several European countries, this novel in its lively American translation should read a large new audience.
From notes by the author: ...based my story upon a true incident. In the last year of World War II, a Scandinavian family became inexplicably involved with the case of industrial espionage between Bangkok and Saigon. The arrest of several members of that family by the Kempetai resulted in haphazard arrests of various Europeans, Indians, and Chinese civilians in occupied Southeast Asia. I have never forgotten the atmosphere of impending catastrophe, dread, and isolation of us few Europenas who--in contrast with the British, the Dutch, and the Americans--were 'free' during the war. We were a handful of Scandinavians, Swiss, French, and Germans, almost lost in a world changed beyond recognition through the Japanese occupation.« less