The River Below by Francios Cheng

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Lyrical, image-driven and provocative, Cheng's novel is composed in the form of an artist's memoir, reording not just what is seen but the consciousness of seeing.--Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

About Francios Cheng

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Cheng is a writer, poet, translator, calligrapher and professor.
Published March 13, 2001 by Welcome Rain Publishers. 400 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Leaving behind both Yumei, a popular actress, and intellectual soulmate Haolang (virtual Platonic ideals of “The Lover” and “The Friend,” respectively), Tianya travels in the late 1940s to Paris, Holland, and Italy (to study the great painters), and returns to China a decade later, only to learn ...

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Heavily symbolic (Tianyi confronts ""the Visitor,"" the specter of his own death and the death of art), the novel can be read on several levels.

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