Qiang returns to his homeland of China from Silicon Valley to find Beijing undergoing a chaotic transformation in the lead up to hosting the 2008 Olympic Games. Wrecking balls are knocking down entire neighborhoods to make way for new structures more in line with the government’s vision of a modern China. The tumult inspires Qiang to shoot a documentary about the loss of affordable housing, which draws the attention of public security officials. When Qiang is suddenly arrested by local police, it falls on his friend Jake, an American journalist who admires Qiang and his work, to try to figure out how to end the detention. With few options, Jake enlists the help of those he’s not sure he can trust. Dawei, a Chinese itinerant Jake befriended years earlier, returns to Beijing in the midst of a cat-and-mouse game Jake is playing with the authorities to retrieve a memento that has suddenly become extremely valuable. Dawei becomes ensnared in a plan to force the authorities to release Qiang, and Jake must then decide who survives. Based on real events, Robert F. Delaney’s The Wounded Muse takes readers to a city and country undergoing a transformation on a scale previously unseen, where in the shadowed wreckage of forgotten communities people are pushed to psychological extremes to secure their position.
Robert, US Bureau Chief for the South China Morning Post who lives in NYC, is celebrating the launch of his first novel, The Wounded Muse, on October 1. Based on a true story, The Wounded Muse centers on a Chinese journalist who is arrested after filming the transformation of Beijing as it prepares for the 2008 Olympics. The novel aims to bring a human perspective to the increasingly complicated relationship between the US and China.
Robert has long reported on the relationship between the US and China, having covered relations between the countries for Dow Jones Newswires, Bloomberg News, and South China Post since 1995. He's actively reporting on the trade confrontation between the US and China for the SCMP, and recently co-moderated a panel on the relations between the two countries at the Politico Pro Summit.