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Su Manling


Chinese pen name: Su Manling. Female, born in the 1970s. Has used the pen name Suling Suxin. Member of the Chinese Writers’ Association, member of the Chinese Petroleum Writers’ Association, member of the Writers’ Association of Hebei Province. Her works feature historical themes with traditional Chinese culture as inspiration. Focuses on women, families, social, and emotional topics. Works include “Love Song of the Lotus Flower,” “The Beauty of the Grass,” “The Seal of the Buddha,” “Jade Story,” “A Scarred Love Story,” and others. “The Beauty of the Grass” won the 2015’s Across-the Straits Online Writing Award, and was nominated as an excellent online work by the Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of Beijing City in 2015. The novel, “Fibers of Dye,” set in the Republic of China period, won the Priority Work Award from the Chinese Writers’ Association. Her short-length work, “Red Hand,” won the literary award at the 6th annual Cultural Festival for the Chinese Petroleum Workers.


【Chinese version completed,213 chapters totally,updates every Thursday.】
I could have been a woman who ruled the world, but I couldn’t stand the loneliness and my soul moved on, its traces as invisible as tears and rain. Is it worth it? A pool of water so deep I couldn't breathe. I could only struggle to see the other side. Lotus flowers after the rain should be delicate and succulent, but only sobs can be heard. Longing as deep as ashes, half a pan of lotus seeds scattered. My heart waits for someone who understands me. Even if beauty has faded, my heart remains the same and has no regrets. I would rather go with the wind, the moon, and be buried in the soil, than toil in the mud again. Power? Law? Rules for women? Let them go; I don’t mind. A story about Emperor Wu of Liang and his concubine Xu. Why did he announce to the world that she was a harlot, yet refuse to name any other woman as empress three years after her death? Why did she only make-up half her face when seeking death? Was she hinting that he was a one-eyed emperor? Why did he send their son to the battlefield to his death? Was it because of her suspected infidelity? She was the only royal woman in Chinese history who was listed as “lacking morals” in the books, was never named empress in her life, and was ordered to die by the emperor.


An emotional saga featuring the tumultuous lives of women in China. In the warn-torn yet romantic era of the Southern dynasty, lives are filled with the suffering of love, the indifference of marriage, and the fight for respect. Read this book to learn how a legendary concubine defied tradition, and how the only one-eyed emperor in China fought for love and power with his woman!

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