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Empress

A Novel

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Now available with P.S., Empress is the hugely popular historical novel of one of 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.

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"Luxurious and intelligent . . . part pageant, part politics as ballet; a lavish portrayal of life in early civilized China." (Alan Cheuse, NPR.org) —

“Luxurious and intelligent . . . part pageant, part politics as ballet; a lavish portrayal of life in early civilized China.” —Alan Cheuse, NPR.org

“A compelling read and surprisingly easy to follow, given its exotic complexity.” —Kirkus Reviews

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

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780061829604
  • ISBN 10: 0061829609
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 09/15/2009
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price: 18.50 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Literary

Empress by Shan Sa

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