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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Paperback, New edition)

By Sijie, Dai

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In 1971 Mao's campaign against the intellectuals is at its height. Our narrator and his best friend, Luo, distinctly unintellectual but guilty of being the sons of doctors, have been sent to a remote mountain village to be 'reeducated'. The kind of education that takes place amon...g the peasants of Phoenix Mountain involves carting buckets of excrement up and down precipitous, foggy paths, but the two seventeen-year-olds have a violin and their sense of humour to keep them going. Further distraction is provided by the attractive daughter of the local tailor, possessor of a particularly fine pair of feet. Their true re-education starts, however, when they discover a comrade's hidden stash of classics of great nineteenth-century Western literature - Balzac, Dickens, Dumas, Tolstoy and others, in Chinese translation. They need all their ingenuity to get their hands on the forbidden books, but when they do their lives are turned upside down. And not only their lives: after listening to their dangerously seductive retellings of Balzac, the Little Seamstress will never be the same again. Without betraying the truth of what happened, Dai Sijie transforms the bleak events of China's Cultural Revolution into an enchanting and unexpected story about the resilience of the human spirit and the magical power of great storytelling.
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ISBN 9780099286431
Released NZ 5 Apr 2002
Publisher Vintage
Format Paperback, New edition
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ISBN-13 9780099286431
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Vintage
Released 5 Apr 2002
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Translated from French
Author(s) By Sijie, Dai
Category Award Winning
Fiction
Modern Fiction
Award Winning Adult's Titles
Number of Pages 176
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 12mm
Dewey Code 843.92
Weight 127g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Fiction in translation, China - Fiction - History - Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade

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