The Ten Thousand Things (International Edition)

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Winner of the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction

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John Spurling is the author of many novels and plays, including The Ten Thousand Things, winner of the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, also available from Overlook. His plays have been performed on stage, television, and radio, including at the National Theatre. He lives in London and Arcadia, Greece, with his wife, biographer Hilary Spurling.

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“Enchanting . . . Mr. Spurling traverses [the plot of The Ten Thousand Things] without a shred of the grandiosity or portentousness often found in historical fiction. Wang Meng’s fascinating life seems to flow ahead with the grace of a leaf on a stream. He is always richly attentive to the state of the world―and what he philosophically calls its ‘mere tangle of circumstances’―as it passes by.”
- Wall Street Journal

“[Combines] the delicacy of an old Chinese landscape painting with the brutality of Chinese history . . . The narrative resounds with the vivid detail and the ever-changing tides of war and politics, art and nature.”
- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“One of the greatest pleasures of this novel is seeing fourteenth-century China come vibrantly alive. The countryside is painted in rich evocative detail and readers will be completely transported . . . It is striking that a novel set hundreds of years ago in China can have lessons that resonate even in our times . . . The beauty of John Spurling’s novel is that it is at once an incredibly detailed story and a sweeping view of the times . . . The Ten Thousand Things is not unlike a beautiful Wang Meng landscape painting―full of intricate gorgeous details that together coalesce into one stunning work of art.”
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“I was amazed by The Ten Thousand Things, and by John Spurling’s powerful imagination―with ten thousand details, he has brought the ancient Chinese artist Wang Meng to life in beautiful prose.”
- Xinran, author of Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother

“In this immersive tale of a landscape artist’s life, written with restrained lyricism, John Spurling has also given us an entertaining and insightful study about the art of Nature, and the nature of Art.”
- Tan Twan Eng

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