China - The Empire of Living Symbols

Lindqvist, Cecilia
Swedish title
Tecknens rike
Non Fiction
Pub Date
Aug 01, 1989

This is a book for everyone who has ever wondered about the mystery of Chinese characters, or about how to begin exploring this greatest of all civilizations. Using, for the first time, the astonishing archaeological discoveries of the past few decades, Cecilia Lindqvist traces the origins of the basic characters and the world in which they evolved. Her story blends legend, an art historian’s eye, and innovative scholarship with witty and colourful observations from years of living in China.

The book, published in 1989, was awarded the August Prize and attracted considerable acclaim both in Sweden and on the international market, and is still being translated into other languages.