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The last decades of the nineteenth century were a violent period in China's history, marked by humiliating foreign incursions and domestic rebellions, ultimately ending in the demise of the Ch'ing Dynasty. The only constant during this tumultuous time was the power wielded by one woman, the resilient, ever-resourceful Tsu Hsi--or Empress Orchid, as readers came to know her in Anchee Min's critically acclaimed, best-selling novel covering her rise to power.

The Last Empress is the story of Orchid's dramatic transition from a strong-willed, instinctive young woman to a wise and politically savvy leader who ruled China for more than four decades. Anchee Min offers a powerful revisionist portrait based on extensive research of one of the most important figures in Chinese history.Tsu Hsi was viciously maligned by the Western press of the time as the Dragon Lady, a manipulative, bloodthirsty woman who held on to power at all costs. In this concluding volume Min gives us a compelling, very human leader who assumed power reluctantly and who sacrificed all she had to protect those she loved and an empire that was doomed to die.

Synopsis:

The last decades of the nineteenth century were a violent period in Chinas history, marked by humiliating foreign incursions and domestic rebellions and ending in the demise of the Ching Dynasty. The only constant during this tumultuous time was the power wielded by one woman, the resilient, ever-resourceful Tsu Hsi — or Empress Orchid, as readers came to know her in Anchee Mins critically acclaimed, best-selling novel covering her rise to power.

The Last Empress is the story of Orchids dramatic transition from a strong-willed, instinctive young woman to a wise and politically savvy leader who ruled China for more than four decades. In this concluding volume Min gives us a compelling, very human leader who assumed power reluctantly and sacrificed all to protect those she loved and an empire that was doomed to die.

Synopsis:

Min offers a powerful revisionist portrait based on extensive research of one of the most important figures in Chinese history. "The Last Empress" is the story of Orchid's dramatic transition from a strong-willed, instinctive young woman to a wise and politically savvy leader.

About the Author

Anchee Min was born in Shanghai in 1957. At seventeen she was sent to a labor collective, where a talent scout for Madame Mao's Shanghai Film Studio recruited her to work as a movie actress. She came to the United States in 1984 with the help of actress Joan Chen. Her memoir, Red Azalea, was named one of the New York Times Notable Books of 1994 and was an international bestseller, with rights sold in twenty countries. Her novels Becoming Madame Mao and Empress Orchid were published to critical acclaim and were national bestsellers. Her two other novels, Katherine and Wild Ginger, were published to wonderful reviews and impressive foreign sales.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547053707
Author:
Min, Anchee
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Empresses
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.23x5.69x.82 in. .73 lbs.

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The last decades of the nineteenth century were a violent period in Chinas history, marked by humiliating foreign incursions and domestic rebellions and ending in the demise of the Ching Dynasty. The only constant during this tumultuous time was the power wielded by one woman, the resilient, ever-resourceful Tsu Hsi — or Empress Orchid, as readers came to know her in Anchee Mins critically acclaimed, best-selling novel covering her rise to power.

The Last Empress is the story of Orchids dramatic transition from a strong-willed, instinctive young woman to a wise and politically savvy leader who ruled China for more than four decades. In this concluding volume Min gives us a compelling, very human leader who assumed power reluctantly and sacrificed all to protect those she loved and an empire that was doomed to die.

"Synopsis" by , Min offers a powerful revisionist portrait based on extensive research of one of the most important figures in Chinese history. "The Last Empress" is the story of Orchid's dramatic transition from a strong-willed, instinctive young woman to a wise and politically savvy leader.
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