Here Sendker dreamcasts the lead in an adaptation of his new novel, Whispering Shadows:
Many readers around the world have asked me if I was Paul Leibovitz, the main character in Whispering Shadows.Visit Jan-Philipp Sendker's website.
Of course I am not but there are some similarities and he would be the role (and it happened to be the lead role) I would play.
He is in his early fifties (like me), he used to be a journalist (like me), lives in Hong Kong (like I used to) and is fascinated by China (like me).
He does not have much of sense of belonging, born in Germany, growing up in New York, having lived in Asia for 30 years.
He had lost his child to leukemia and lives as a recluse on a small island in Hong Kong, trying to find a way back into life after such devastating loss.
He is a man full of grief, passion and longing and deeply hurt. At the same time he is a very gentle soul, always ready to help. A very interesting character, full of contradictions and emotions.
I see the Oscar coming…
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