Empress: A Novel by SHAN SAEmpress: A Novel by SHAN SA

Empress: A Novel


Paperback | September 15, 2009

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Now available with P.S., Empress is the hugely popular historical novel of one of <_st13a_place _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_country-region _w3a_st="on">China’s most controversial historical figures: its first female emperor, Empress Wu, who emerged in the Tang Dynasty and ushered in a golden age. Writing with epic assurance, poetry, and vivid historic detail, Shan Sa, author of Alexander and Alestria, plumbs the psychological and philosophical depths of what it means to be a striving mortal in a tumultuous, power-hungry world.

Shan Sa was born in Beijing and had her first poems, essays, and stories published at the age of eight. In 2001 her novelThe Girl Who Played Gowon the Goncourt Prize. The author ofEmpress, she is also a celebrated artist who has had prominent exhibitions in Paris and New York.
Title:Empress: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:September 15, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061829609

ISBN - 13:9780061829604

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but not fantastic Sa did an excellent job of painting the picture of a world that is at once rich and beautiful, yet brutal and cruel. I found it to be an interesting and well-written novel. It’s an easy read, although not always a pleasant one. This is a great novel to read if you happen to come across it, though I wouldn’t bother going too far out of your way to get it.
Date published: 2018-02-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointment Very disappointing. I had been thinking for a while that I needed to read more books on Chinese history and culture and thought this would be my first dip in that pool. Unfortunately it was not a good one. While the language was very poetic it was very hard to follow and the story often jumped around so thirty years passed in the blink of an eye and then it would go back again fifteen years then ahead seven. None of the characters were appealing especially the main who put me off most of the story through her arrogance and violence and none of what she accomplished seemed like it was earned. With that said it will not put me off more exploration of Chinese literature and I acknowledge that the culture clash may have played a part so that is why it has those two stars.
Date published: 2016-12-07

Editorial Reviews

“Brilliant . . . illuminates the life and times of one of the ancient world’s most powerful, capable, and overlooked women.”