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Jakarta Post

John Leake: New novel binds Bali and Aceh

  • Trisha Sertori


Jakarta   /   Thu, April 30 2009   /  03:20 pm

JP/Trisha S. Citizens of Vienna sleep snug under the blanket-warm weight of nostalgia; their dreams woven from the tarnished-gilt threads of grandeur. Author of The New York Times listed biography Entering Hades, sandy haired Texan John Leake, found himself breathing in that city's atrophied atmosphere almost a decade ago and was spellbound by its melancholy. Entering Hades is the true story of serial killer, Jack Unterweger, known also as "The Vienna Woods Killer". The book has been optioned by Warner Brothers and John Malkovich is currently playing the lead in the operatic adaptation. Coming off the back of the book's success, Leake is now in Indonesia, researching for his next work. The stocky neighbor of Texan oil men, who was born and raised in Dallas, is, at first glance, a surprising character to have had immersed himself in old Europe. ...