• Veuve de l'empereur de Chine, Orchidée assure l'éducation de son fils, le jeune prince Tongzhi, mais sa tâche n'est pas simple car elle doit louvoyer entre les manigances de la corégente, Nuharoo, l'ambition du prince Kung qui prend une place de plus en plus grande au sein du gouvernement, les révoltes des musulmans dans les lointaines provinces et les exigences croissantes des Occidentaux. Sa mission devient d'autant plus délicate que Tongzhi meurt bientôt, victime de la débauche. Le fils adoptif et neveu d'Orchidée monte alors sur le trône sous le nom de Guangxu. Dotée d'une volonté de fer, l'impératrice est acculée à prendre parfois des décisions impitoyables, souvent mal comprises, mais toujours destinées à préserver la grandeur de l'Empire du Milieu.
    Poursuivant sa saga riche en rebondissements et fondée sur des événements authentiques, Anchee Min réussit à brosser, sur un rythme haletant, le tableau sans concession d'une femme déchirée entre politique, intrigues de cour, amour et conflits familiaux. La vie tumultueuse et le destin tragique de Tseu-Hi, l'impératrice Orchidée, sonnent ainsi le glas d'une Chine millénaire.

  • Anglais The Last Empress

    Anchee Min

    At the end of the nineteenth century, China is rocked by humiliating foreign attacks and local rebellions. The only constant is the power wielded by one woman: the resilient, ever-resourceful Tzu Hsi. This work sheds light on one of the most important figures in Chinese history, a very human leader who assumes power reluctantly.

  • Red Azalea is Anchee Min';s celebrated memoir of growing up in the last years of Mao';s China. As a child, she was asked to publicly humiliate a teacher; at seventeen, she was sent to work at a labor collective. Forbidden to speak, dress, read, write, or love as she pleased, she found a lifeline in a secret love affair with another woman. Miraculously selected for the film version of one of Madame Mao';s political operas, Min';s life changed overnight. Then Chairman Mao suddenly died, taking with him an entire world. A revelatory and disturbing portrait of China, Anchee Min';s memoir is exceptional for its candor, its poignancy, its courage, and for its prose which Newsweek calls "as delicate and evocative as a traditional Chinese brush painting."From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Anglais Red Azalea

    Anchee Min

    Red Azalea is Anchee Min';s celebrated memoir of growing up in the last years of Mao';s China. As a child, she was asked to publicly humiliate a teacher; at seventeen, she was sent to work at a labor collective. Forbidden to speak, dress, read, write, or love as she pleased, she found a lifeline in a secret love affair with another woman. Miraculously selected for the film version of one of Madame Mao';s political operas, Min';s life changed overnight. Then Chairman Mao suddenly died, taking with him an entire world. A revelatory and disturbing portrait of China, Anchee Min';s memoir is exceptional for its candor, its poignancy, its courage, and for its prose which Newsweek calls "as delicate and evocative as a traditional Chinese brush painting."From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • From the best-selling author of RED AZALEA, this extraordinary novel tells the stirring, erotically charged story of Madame Mao Zedong, the woman almost universally known as the 'white-boned demon,' whom many hold directly responsible for the excesses of the Cultural Revolution. Bringing her lush psychological insight to bear on the facts of history, Min penetrates the myth surrounding this woman and provides a "convincing, nuanced portrait of a damaged personality" (Entertainment Weekly) driven by ambition, betrayal, and a never-to-be-fulfilled need to be loved. With all the compressed drama and high lyrical poetry of great opera, BECOMING MADAME MAO is a "remarkable accomplishment . . . Madame Mao is finally given her own voice" (Ha Jin).

  • From a master of the historical novel, Empress Orchid sweeps readers into the heart of the Forbidden City to tell the fascinating story of a young concubine who becomes China's last empress. Min introduces the beautiful Tzu Hsi, known as Orchid, and weaves an epic of a country girl who seized power through seduction, murder, and endless intrigue. When China is threatened by enemies, she alone seems capable of holding the country together.
    In this «absorbing companion piece to her novel Becoming Madame Mao" (New York Times), readers and reading groups will once again be transported by Min's lavish evocation of the Forbidden City in its last days of imperial glory and by her brilliant portrait of a flawed yet utterly compelling woman who survived, and ultimately dominated, a male world.

  • Devenir concubine de l'empereur de Chine, la jeune et jolie Orchidée en rêve pour arracher à la misère sa famille de petite noblesse, totalement ruinée. Et elle pourrait ainsi échapper au mariage qu'on lui a arrangé avec un cousin débile. Mais elles sont des milliers de jeunes filles à l'espérer ! Elle tente malgré tout sa chance lorsque le palais annonce qu'il va recruter deux cents demoiselles pour les plaisirs du souverain... Sa beauté lui permet de figurer parmi les élues.
    Sans se laisser décourager par l'étiquette écrasante et rigide de la Cité interdite qu'elle découvre, ni par les humiliations venues de ses rivales et de l'impératrice douairière, Orchidée se lie avec un eunuque pour intriguer et rencontrer l'empereur. Parvenue à la couche royale, elle apprivoise peu à peu cet homme malade et superstitieux et, par de longues conversations, s'initie au affaires politiques. La naissance d'un fils lui assure bientôt une position solide...
    C'est l'ascension graduelle d'une femme envoûtante, à la volonté inflexible, que raconte Anchee Min avec un luxe de détails fascinants sur l'univers clos de la Cité interdite, en plein coeur de Pékin, et la vie quotidienne des concubines royales. L'implacable Orchidée, grande séductrice et meurtrière sans scrupule, ignore que l'Empire du milieu s'écroule et que, sous le nom officiel de Tseu-Hi, elle restera dans l'Histoire comme la dernière impératrice...

  • From the author of the international bestseller Empress Orchid comes the stirring, erotically charged story of the woman known as 'the white-boned demon' - the ambitious wife of Chairman Mao whose actions led to the death of millions in the Cultural Revolution.From the young, unwanted daughter of a concubine, defiant in her refusal to have her feet bound, to the wayward, beautiful actress on the stages of Shanghai, to the ruthless, charismatic partner of the great revolutionary leader, Mao Zedong, Anchee Min moves seamlessly from the intimately personal to the broad sweep of world history in this fascinating portrait of an extraordinary woman driven by ambition, betrayal and a desperate need to be loved.Finely nuanced and always ambiguous, Min penetrates the myth surrounding Madame Mao with passion and sensitivity to pain a surprising picture of one of history's most vilified women. Rich with compressed drama and all the lyrical poetry of great opera, Becoming Madame Mao is a startling and moving achievement.

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