Between Heaven and Earth: A History of Chinese Writing

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Shambhala, 2003 - Art - 114 pages
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The characters used in Chinese writing are not letters but stylized ideographs, each with its own history. The development of Chinese writing is linked to the history of China's emperors, who commissioned new styles of writing with which to record their victories. In Between Heaven and Earth, master calligrapher Shi Bo gives a fascinating overview of the evolution of seven seminal Chinese writing styles starting in the seventeenth century BCE. He also introduces the reader to the calligrapher's art, including its materials and techniques. This gift-quality, two-color book is abundantly illustrated with archival material and the author's original calligraphy and will appeal to readers interested in Chinese language, history, and calligraphy.

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Shi Bo, a Chinese calligrapher and writer, is the author of more than sixty prose works in French and Chinese including translations, essays, and novels. He has organized several calligraphy expositions in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, and he teaches calligraphy internationally. He has lived in France since 1990.

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