About the Book
One of China's most controversial figures, Empress Wu was its first and only female emperor, emerging in the seventh century during the great Tang Dynasty to usher in a golden age. Throughout history, her name has been defamed and her story distorted. But now, after thirteen centuries, Empress Wu flings open the gates of the Forbidden City and tells her own astonishing tale—revealing a fascinating, complex figure who in many ways remains modern to this day.
Writing with epic assurance, poetry, and vivid historic detail, Shan Sa plumbs the psychological and philosophical depths of what it means to be a striving mortal in a tumultuous, power-hungry world. Empress is a great literary feat and a revelation for the ages.
Educator and Librarian Resources
"Luxurious and intelligent . . . part pageant, part politics as ballet; a lavish portrayal of life in early civilized China." (Alan Cheuse, NPR.org) —
- ISBN: 9780061829604
- ISBN 10: 0061829609
- Imprint: Harper Perennial
- On Sale: 09/04/2009
- Pages: 352
- List Price: 18.50 CAD
- BISAC1: FICTION / Literary