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Novelist, John Spurling talks about and signs his new book, Ten Thousand Things

Thursday 08 May 2014
7:30

“This is an extraordinary novel. Spurling brings together his strengths as a dramatist, an art critic, and novelist. It is an impressive combination that gives a tone of the authenticity to his absorbing story and adds to its enjoyment.”

MICHAEL HOLDROYD, author of A Book of Secrets

Set in the final years of the Yuan Dynasty, THE TEN THOUSAND THINGS revolves around Wang Meng—a low-level government worker and gifted Chinese painter. Too astute to believe in an artist’s autonomy from society, and yet too devoted to his art to treat his job with requisite seriousness, Wang is always between two lives—never fully committed to one pursuit. We follow Wang as he travels through an empire swept up by the Mongol invasion’s upheaval. In his wanderings, he encounters, among many memorable characters, other master painters of the period; a fierce female warrior known as the White Tigress who will recruit him as a military strategist; and an ugly young Buddhist monk who rises from beggary to extraordinary heights. John Spurling captures the detail and specificity of fourteenth-century China in this expertly researched historical novel. He endows every description with the precision and depth the real-life Wang Meng brought to his paintings. It is a novel of fated meetings, grand battles, and riveting drama, and in its seamless fusion of the epic and the intimate, THE TEN THOUSAND THINGS achieves a truly singular beauty.

John Spurling is the author of the novels The Ragged End, After Zenda, and A Book of Liszts. A prolific playwright, his work has been performed on television, radio, and stage, including at the National Theatre. Spurling is a frequent reviewer for The Spectator, Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, The Observer, the Art Newspaper. He was previously for twelve years the art critic of The New Statesman. He lives in London and Greece, and is married to the biographer Hilary Spurling.

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