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A sensual ficticious biography
on 17 October 2003
A beautifully crafted novel that uncovers the barely known, myth like first-lady of China, Jiang Chian - the wife of Chairman Mao through his period of power.
Looking through her eyes, this ficticious biography offers an insight on how she got her reputation as a hard faced lover of torture and war, it also offers a different view than any other Mao biography, essay or book. To watch Madame Mao play her role through each act in her life is to follow Mao's success and her downfall.
A great idea for a novel is transformed into a spectacular biography. The story has a strong use of chinese poetry the whole way through it, giving a romantic and genuine feel to it.