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Children of the Monsoon
Children of the Monsoon

Children of the Monsoon


203 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $20.95)

Publication Date: October 2013

ISBN 9780982746677

Rights: US & CA

Autumn Hill Books (Oct 2013)

Price: $16.95


In this award-winning essay collection, the Asia bureau chief for the leading Spanish newspaper, El Mundo, tells the story of the changing face of Asia as seen through the eyes of its youngest citizens. From a small, dispirited Thai boxer to the underground children of Mongolia, from a little girl dying of AIDS in Cambodia to a teenage monk in Tibet, these stories capture what it means to grow up in an unstable and unjust world. Here, the monsoons are as manmade as they are natural. The essays demonstrate, in poignant detail, how their cycles carry with them both unshakable fear and hope for tomorrow.


"A tour de force of literary journalism. Haunted by the children he has encountered as a correspondent in Asia, David Jiménez goes back years later to find them—in a kickboxing gym in Thailand, an AIDS-ravaged corner of Cambodia, a refuse dump in the Philippines. The stories that emerge form a work of searing honesty and humanity. With prose as sharp as a machete, Jiménez captures the harshness and beauty of these children's invisible worlds, where destinies, like the monsoon rains, are beyond control, yet dreams refuse to die.” —Brook Larmer, author, Operation Yao Ming

“A heartbreaking and beautifully written book.” —El Cultural magazine

“A journalistic battle against the demons of cynicism.” —La Republica

“An indispensable work up to the best Literary Reportage from Mailer, Capote or Kapuscinski." —Pedro J. Ramírez, editor, El Mundo

Author Biography

David Jiménez is an award-winning journalist. He has been a contributor for CNN and the BBC, the newspapers Il Corriere della Sera, the Guardian, the Sunday Times, and the Toronto Star.