Jennifer Cody Epstein, 'The Painter from Shanghai,' published by W.W. Norton & Company, New York, 2008. Stated first edition.
The Painter from Shanghai is a 416 page hardcover measuring 9 1/2" x 6 1/4". The dust jacket has light shelf wear. Inside, with the exception of impression marks to the top of some of the pages, the condition is pristine, with no wear or evidence of use.
Down the muddy waters of the Yangtze River and into the seedy backrooms of "The Hall of Eternal Splendor," through the raucous glamour of prewar Shanghai and the bohemian splendor of 1920s Paris, and back to a China ripped apart by civil war and teetering on the brink of revolution, this novel tells the story of Pan Yuliang, one of the most talented--and provocative--Chinese artists of the twentieth century.
Jennifer Cody Epstein conjures the world of the woman behind the Cezannesque nude self-portraits, imagining with lavish detail her life in the brothel and then as a concubine to the Republican official who would ultimately help her find her way as an artist. Moving with the tide of historical events, The Painter from Shanghai celebrates a singular daring painting style--one that led to fame, notoriety, and, ultimately, a devastating choice: between Pan's art and the one great love of her life.