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Author: John Ralston Saul
Publisher: Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1986.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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On the Burmese plain, among the ruins of the ninth-century temple city of Pagan, stands a series of small statues depicting the life of Buddha. Precious objects of hypnotic beauty, the statues are worth nearly one million dollars apiece. And James Spenser wants them. Ex-curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, his obsession with finding the statues and returning them to civilation entangles him in a web of complex  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Ralston Saul
ISBN: 0385232772 9780385232777 0317401947 9780317401943
OCLC Number: 13185751
Notes: Maps on lining papers.
Description: 241 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Responsibility: John Ralston Saul.

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On the Burmese plain, among the ruins of the ninth-century temple city of Pagan, stands a series of small statues depicting the life of Buddha. Precious objects of hypnotic beauty, the statues are worth nearly one million dollars apiece. And James Spenser wants them. Ex-curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, his obsession with finding the statues and returning them to civilation entangles him in a web of complex personal relationships, corruption, and warring political factions out for power and vengeance.

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