Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

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1971: Mao's cultural Revolution is at its peak. Two sons of doctors, sent to 're-education' camps, forced to carry buckets of excrement up and down mountain paths, have only their sense of humour to keep them going. Although the attractive daughter of the local tailor also helps to distract them from the task at hand.

The boys' true re-education starts, however, when they discover a hidden suitcase packed with the great Western novels of the nineteenth century. Their lives are transformed. And not only their lives: after listening to the stories of Balzac, the little seamstress will never be the same again.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 12mm | 127g
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • repr.
  • 0
  • 0099286432
  • 9780099286431
  • 406

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A simple story, seductively told, it touches and lifts up the beauty of human experience far beyond the mountains of Western China in which the story is set
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If you read only one novel, choose this one: it's worth a hundred * Le Figaro * Highly original and sweetly charming * The Times * A simple story, seductively told, it touches and lifts up the beauty of human experience far beyond the mountains of Western China in which the story is set * Times Literary Supplement * Wholly delightful, intelligent, funny and unexpected. A remarkable book, offering sheer delight * Scotsman * A completely beguiling novel. always giving the reader a sense of being there. Very engaging * Independent *
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About Dai Sijie

Born in China in 1954, Dai Sijie is a film maker and novelist, who left China in 1984 for France where he now lives and works. He is the author of the international bestseller, Balzac and the Chinese Seamstress (shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction prize) - which he made into a film - Mr Muo's Travelling Couch (winner of the Prix Femina) and Once on a Moonless Night.
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51,382 ratings
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2 8% (4,185)
1 2% (821)
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