Episches Wunderwerk

Netzschau „These women are sirens, muses, predators, or lovers, and Lee Koe explores all of these facets with a playful intensity. Delayed Rays of a Star depicts the cravings, calculations, and betrayals of womanhood with a beautiful complexity.“
Marlene Dietrich (1940).
Marlene Dietrich (1940).

Foto: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

In a photograph at a 1928 Berlin soirée, photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt captures German actress Marlene Dietrich, the world’s first Chinese American star Anna May Wong, and famous-then-infamous director Leni Riefenstahl.“thedailyvox.co

Interwoven History

It starts with a photograph at a Berlin party in 1928, a chance encounter that captured cinematic legends Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong and Leni Riefenstahl. From that brief intersection, the story spirals outward, following the trajectories of each woman’s life through the decades.“ – usatoday.com

Rise and Fall of three Stars

It is hard to summarize a sprawling and ambitious novel like this, so I won't — but it is expertly woven, its characters alive and full-bodied. Blending questions about pop culture, war, and art, Delayed Rays of a Staris that rare book that is neither high- nor low-brow, refusing such facile dichotomies and playing, instead, in the messiness of the grey areas.“ – npr.org

Intense Research

Now based in New York, Koe was the youngest winner of the Singapore Literature Prize for the short story collectionMinistry of Moral Panic. Her debut,Delayed Rays Of A Star, is set in cities such as Berlin, Beijing, Los Angeles and Paris. It follows the occasionally interconnecting lives of three actresses, Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong and Leni Riefenstahl across the 20th century.“ – harpersbazaar.com | Interview

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