My literary fiction

Te Amo Parum

Te Amo Parum cover 4

“To win the dawn, I will tear down the sunset!”

From Te Amo Parum Link above

In 2025, an era not too far from us…

David Lau is a postgraduate student from Hong Kong, working under the renown Bioinformatician Simon Wong. He finished his PhD study years ago, but his boss holds up his paper and has not published it. His work was about a groundbreaking technique in decoding DNA: the extraction of memories from DNA. In order to wait for his work to be published, he has to work as a research assistant in Wong’s research team for years, dreaming for that day when his boss is finally going to publish his work in a scientific journal. Yet out of David’s expectation, he meets a Historian, Yossi Montefiore, in a conference about DNA decoding. Yossi invites David to help him in the research of the Crusades in Jerusalem, given David’s expertise in DNA memory extraction.
Eventually, David is convinced to go to Jerusalem with Yossi. While on the plane to Israel, Yossi realizes David is in possession of a golden ring, engraved with “Te Amo Parum” on the inner band. They try to uncover the past of the ring through the memories of the Crusaders. Yet what they have found among the ancient corpses are not simply memories, but a lost lamentation of the past, filled with anguish and despair that echo with the present…
P.S. The main body of this book is written in verse, which unfortunately cannot be included in the sample. It is consisting of different soliloquies of several characters, arranged as a set of narrative poem. It includes the soliloquies of the famous Queen Sibylla, Guy of Lusignan and Baldwin IV, the Leper King. The language of the verse is old, striking a distinct contrast with the prose of this book.

The poem also includes conversations and soliloquies from Jews about the holocaust in Jerusalem during the first Crusade.

5 stars review in Amazon:

“My interest was immediately pricked by the title of the book and its cover. I was not disappointed. The author should be admired for his innovative approach to the structure of the novel. He juxtaposes fictional narrative prose (centred on scientific curiosity set a few years hence) against 12th century verse to striking effect. Thus, futuristic narrative is enhanced by melodious voices speaking across the centuries. This is new territory. Other authors have written using a combination of past, present and/or future settings before, but perhaps not quite in this way. It is a book which speaks, sings, shouts and cries. The effort required to read it will be well-rewarded. Do try it!” — By Philippi

“A nice start for a new writer, can’t recommend enough, definitely worth a purchase. Looking forward to his next book” — By brian lau


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