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    DescriptionRaised in a desperately poor village during the height of China's Cultural Revolution, Li Cunxin's childhood revolved around the commune, his family and Chairman Mao's Little Red Book. Until, that is, Madame Mao's cultural delegates came in search of young peasants to study ballet at the academy in Beijing and he was thrust into a completely unfamiliar world. When a trip to Texas as part of a rare cultural exchange opened his eyes to life and love beyond China's borders, he defected to the United States in an extraordinary and dramatic tale of Cold War intrigue. Told in his own distinctive voice, this is Li's inspirational story of how he came to be Mao's last dancer, and one of the world's greatest ballet dancers.


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    Title
    Mao's Last Dancer
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Li Cunxin
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 448
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 319 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780141040226
    ISBN 10: 014104022X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21600
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.7
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJPL
    BIC E4L: PER
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPC
    BIC subject category V2: BM
    DC22: 792.8092
    BIC subject category V2: ASD
    BISAC V2.8: PER003000, BIO026000
    BIC subject category V2: 1FPC, 3JJPL
    Illustrations note
    Black and white inset
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    02 April 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Li Cunxin was born in a village near the city of Qingdao, northern China, in 1961. At the age of eleven, he was chosen to become a student at the Beijing Dance Academy. After attending a summer school in America, he defected to the West and became a principal dancer for the Houston Ballet. Li now lives in Australia with his wife and their three children.
    Review quote
    'An inspiring true story of courage and determination' - Adeline Yen Mah, author of 'Falling Leaves' 'His vivid descriptions of life at home, surviving on family love and dried yams, and of the harsh regime, make riveting reading' Guardian 'Mao's Last Dancer is a modern fairy-tale. Li Cunxin's story is a breathtaking indictment of brute Communism, told with great honesty' - Kate Adie 'Appalling, brave and funny ... you cannot do better than to read this book' Mail on Sunday