Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Author(s): Sijie Dai

Literary Fiction

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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Born in China in 1954, Dai Sijie is a filmmaker who was himself "re-educated" between 1971 and 1974.
He left China in 1984 for France, where he has lived and worked ever since. This, his first novel, was an overnight sensation when it appeared in France in 2000, becoming an immediate best-seller and winning five prizes. Rights to the novel have been sold in nineteen countries, and it is soon to be made into a film.

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General Fields

  • : 9780385722209
  • : Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
  • : Bantam Doubleday Dell
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Sijie Dai
  • : Paperback / softback
  • : 192