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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
by Dai Sijie and Ina Rilke


Overview - The surprise literary bestseller of the year, this is a beguiling fable that shines with the wonder of imagination, the beauty of romance, and the power of storytelling. Set during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, the novel tells the story of two hapless city boys sent to a remote mountain village for reeducation.  Read more...

 
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Overview
The surprise literary bestseller of the year, this is a beguiling fable that shines with the wonder of imagination, the beauty of romance, and the power of storytelling. Set during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, the novel tells the story of two hapless city boys sent to a remote mountain village for reeducation.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780385722209
  • ISBN-10: 0385722206
  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • Publish Date: November 2002
  • Page Count: 192


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Looks can be deceiving: Between the covers of this tiny book lies a very large story, indeed. As the Cultural Revolution sweeps across China, two young men join forces when they're exiled to the countryside for re-education. Intellectual members of the upper class, the narrator and his friend Luo entertain their comrades—and win over their supervisor—by reenacting the movies they've seen. When the pair discover a supply of banned books from the West, their duties (which include hauling buckets of excrement to the local farmers) and lives are transformed by the magical power of literature. But their discovery has painful consequences. Mixing history and politics with romance, Sijie has written a remarkable meditation on the power of books, as well as a moving story of how two young men maintain hope in the face of oppression.

 
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