Below the Line in Beijing by Richard Seldin

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Below the Line in Beijing by Richard Seldin


Below the Line in Beijing by Richard Seldin

In this strikingly imaginative and unique exploration of love, psychoanalysis, and male sexuality, the protagonist must struggle with a deteriorating marriage, the loss of his ability to speak English, a philandering doppelganger, and incessant fantasies of hooking-up with young women.  All of these disorienting conflicts are played out at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, an event heralding China’s restoration to its prior position as one of the most powerful nations in the world.  On his last day in Beijing, he must choose between a life of carnal pleasure and love for his wife.


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“This compelling novel will hold you in its grip from beginning to end. Part mystery, part psychological thriller, Below the Line in Beijing is a terrific read and an auspicious debut by a gifted writer.” 
    Dr. Theodore Jacobs, psychoanalyst, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and author.

“This is a fascinating novel with a vivid plot. The novel explores the depths of man’s unconscious motivations, and, at times, reads like a detective story.
    —Dr. Jun Tong, Professor of Psychiatry, Wuhan Mental Health Center, Wuhan, China.

“Readers of Saul Bellow’s literary classics of middle age and diminished powers will quickly appreciate the setting and concerns of this novel. The action in Below the Line in Beijing is largely internal and observational, but excels in its tone and approach.  Steeped in the cultural atmosphere of China, the special circumstances of the Olympics, and the unique struggles of an aging man, Below the Line in Beijing is a solid recommendation for any who want a novel packed with introspection and cultural analysis.”
    —D. Donovan, Senior eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review.

Richard Seldin has published short stories in English and Chinese, translations of Chinese novellas and short stories, and nonfiction articles on United States-China trade relations.  In 2013, he co-authored Pearls Beneath The Rind, a collection of poems he wrote with his sister. Kirkus Reviews described the book as “a smart unusual collection of poetry with honed, pleasant surprises.” Mr. Seldin has had extensive personal experience with psychoanalysis, and, for many years, has studied psychoanalytic theory in programs offered by the Washington Center of Psychoanalysis.