The year is 1858. Thomas Glover is a gutsy eighteen-year-old who grasps the chance of escape to foreign lands and takes a posting as a trader in Japan.
Within ten years he amasses a great fortune, learns the ways of the samurai, and, on the other side of the law, brings about the overthrow of the Shogun.
Yet beneath Glover's astonishing success lies a man cut to the heart.
His love affair with a courtesan - a woman who, unknown to him, would bear him the son for which he had always longed - would form a tragedy so dramatic as to be immortalised in the stories behind Madame Butterfly and Miss Saigon. The Pure Land relives in fiction the arc of Glover's true-life rise and fall, and forges a hundred-year saga that culminates in the annihilation of Nagasaki in 1945.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 07/06/2007
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781841959597