Chinese Characters Story

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As Chinese characters have been used for thousands of years, this book invites readers to explore the evolution of these characters, especially those used for the topics of clothes, food, shelter and daily life from ancient times to today. The development and significance of the Chinese writing system is presented with photographs and three-dimensionally designed characters. Ranging from ancient oracle bone and turtle shell script to the calligraphy in Wang Xizhi’s book “Lantingji Xu” (Preface to the Poems Collected from the Orchid Pavilion) from 353 and to the cursive seal script still used today in seal carving as well as modern font, the book pairs text and images to create a visualisation of the development and unique characteristics of single logograms or words. Following an authentic approach, it thus aims to bring the feel of the old scripts to life.

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This book provides extensive insights into the history of the development of the Chinese writing system. Individual characters paired with real photographs document how closely the development of Chinese characters was guided by people’s everyday lives. This book convinces with both its sophisticated structure and typography. It is perfectly designed in every detail.

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