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Balzac and the little Chinese seamstress / Dai Sijie ; translated from the French by Ina Rilke.

Dai, Sijie, 1954- (Author). Rilke, Ina. (Added Author).



At the height of Mao's infamous Cultural Revolution, two boys are among hundreds of thousands exiled to the countryside for "re-education." The narrator and his best friend, Luo, guilty of being the sons of doctors, find themselves in a remote village where, among the peasants of Phoenix mountain, they are made to cart buckets of excrement up and down precipitous winding paths. Their meager distractions include a violin--as well as, before long, the beautiful daughter of the local tailor. But it is when the two discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation that their re-education takes its most surprising turn. While ingeniously concealing their forbidden treasure, the boys find transit to worlds they had thought lost forever. And after listening to their dangerously seductive retellings of Balzac, even the Little Seamstress will be forever transformed.

Item details

  • ISBN: 0385722206
  • ISBN: 9780385722209
  • ISBN: 9780756958749
  • ISBN: 0756958741
  • ISBN: 037541309X
  • ISBN: 9780375413094
  • Physical Description: 184 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: 1st Anchor books ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2002.

Contents / Notes

Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader 7.3.
Awards Note:
Book Sense Book of the Year Award Nominee, 2003.
Subject: Prohibited books > Fiction.
Man-woman relationships > Fiction.
China > History > Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976 > Fiction.
Man-woman relationships > Fiction.
Political fiction.
Prohibited books > Fiction.
China > Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976. > History.
Man-woman relationships.
Prohibited books.
Books > Censorship > Fiction.
Man-woman relationship > Fiction.
China > History > 1949-1976 > Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Political fiction.
Genre: History.
Political fiction.
Political fiction.

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