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By Marlon Brando; Donald Cammell; David Thomson (Editor)

Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9781400096268, 249pp.

Publication Date: October 10, 2006

"Fan-Tan" is a hugely entertaining, swashbuckling romp, from one of the greatest actors of our time: Marlon Brando. The story of an eccentric early-twentieth-century pirate who sets out on the high seas from the Philippines to Shanghai, "Fan-Tan" follows the exploits of Anatole "Annie" Doultry, a larger-than-life character that Brando could have easily inhabited himself. When Annie saves the life of a Chinese prisoner in a Hong Kong prison, he's led to the mysterious and seductive Madame Lai Choi San--one of the most notorious gangsters in Asia--and here the true adventures begin.Years in the making with Brando's longtime collaborator, screenwriter and director Donald Cammell, "Fan-Tan" is a rollicking, delectable tale--and the last surprise from an ever-surprising legend.

About the Author
Marlon Brando appeared in more than forty films, including <i>The Wild One, A Streetcar Named Desire, </i>and <i>Apocalypse Now, </i> and won Academy Awards for his performances in <i>On the Waterfront</i> and <i>The Godfather</i>. His autobiography, <i>Songs My Mother Taught Me, </i>was published in 1994.<br><br>Donald Cammell, writer, actor, producer, and director, was best known for his films <i>Performance</i>, <i>Demon Seed, </i> and <i>Wild Side</i>.

David Thomson is a prolific writer on film; his books include the controversial biography of Nicole Kidman, biographies of David O. Selznick and Orson Welles, and two books on Hollywood, "Beneath Mulholland "and "The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood" . He lives in San Francisco.

Praise For Fan-Tan

Fan-Tan is the kind of high-seas extravaganza nobody writes anymore . . . . A ripping yarn, an old-fashioned potboiler with something for everyone.” –The New York Times Book Review

“An exceedingly strange, high-stepping, low-stooping tale.” –The Washington Post Book World

Fan-Tan is indeed an outrageous sea-story, with babes and pirates, drink and sex. It has an undeniable charm. . . . Students of film, lovers of Brando, or those with a hankering for another tale of avarice and deceit on the high seas will want to have a look.” –The Houston Chronicle