In 1626, Bada Shanren is born into the Chinese royal family. When the old Ming Dynasty crumbles, he becomes an artist, committed to capturing the essence of nature with a single brushstroke. Then the rulers of the new Qing Dynasty discover his identity and Bada must feign madness to escape.
"A powerful, poetic book. A two-hour enchantement." Kulturspiegel "Inexplicable, almost magical ... Weihe's sketches - created in a few words - trigger the imagination of the reader." Berner Zeitung "You feel that your are watching the painter at work." Die Tageszeitung
Richard Weihe studied drama and philosophy in Zurich and Oxford. His poetic biographies of influential artists have earned him a wide readership. Sea of Ink, published in Switzerland in 2005, won the Prix des Audituers de la Radio Suisse Romande. In 2010 he published Ocean of Milk based on the Indian-Hungarian painter Amrita Sher-Gil.