RUNNER-UP FOR SCHLEGEL-TIECK PRIZE 2013 FOR BEST ENGLISH TRANSLATION FROM GERMAN

 

Foyles Books of the Year 2012: "An extraordinary meditation on art, madness and the nature of duty in Qing dynasty China."

 

"The book is 110 pages (and 11 of those are pictures), but – much like one of Shanren's paintings – contains far more than its small compass might suggest." Brandon Robshaw, Independent on Sunday

 

"delicate and moving" Boyd Tonkin, The Independent

 

"This delicate novella is about the life of Bada Shanren ... He changes his names, whereabouts, but one thing is always with him – the sea of his black ink, his destiny through which he paddles with his brushes." Hamid Ismailov, Wasafiri
 

 

"Intriguing, elegant, awesome in its precision and uplifting in its sheer beauty, this is a book to read, enjoy... and then read again." Pam Norfok, Lancashire Evening Post

 

"The author’s cool, succinct prose and use of short chapters enhance the meditative nature of this beguiling story, which interweaves art theory, history, metaphysics and narrative." Shelf Unbound

 

"A powerful, poetic book. A two-hour enchantment.” Kulturspiegel

 

"Inexplicable, almost magical ... Weihe's sketches - created in a few words - trigger the imagination of the reader." Berner Zeitung

 

"You feel that your are watching the painter at work." Die Tageszeitung