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Shan SaDescribe your latest project.
An exhibition of my paintings in New York at Marlborough Gallery from July 24 to August 8. It includes a group of brush-and-ink works that present fabled landscapes on the route of Alexander the Great from Greece through what are today Egypt, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Inspired by Chinese calligraphy, this group of paintings depicts the cavalry charges, tribesmen, exotic plants, and wild animals during Alexander's time.
False. Politicians are better liars than writers.
How do you relax?
Describe the best breakfast of your life.
To accompany my coffee espresso, I allowed myself a croissant filled with Nutella.
What is your idea of absolute happiness?
On a clear and cold day, do you typically get outside into the sunshine or stay inside where it's warm?
Talk about your vision of the ideal life.
Now I am waiting for the ideal surprises.
If you could have been someone else, who would that be and why?
Make a question of your own, then answer it.
A: No idea.
Recommend five or more books on a single subject of personal interest or expertise.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
The Princess of Cleves by Madame de Lafayette
Dream of the Red Chamber by Tsao Hsueh-Chin Xue Qin
Two about the Unloved:
Madame Bovary by Flaubert
War and Peace by Tolstoy
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Shan Sa is the author of several acclaimed novels, including Empress and The Girl Who Played Go (winner of France's Goncourt Prize). Born in Beijing, she moved to Paris in 1990. She is also a celebrated artist who has had prominent exhibitions in Paris and New York.