Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie 2001
BALZAC and the LITTLE CHINESE SEAMSTRESS (A Novel). By DAI SIJIE, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 2001.
ISBN 10: 037541309X
ISBN 13: 9780375413094
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is an enchanting tale that captures the magic of reading and the wonder of romantic awakening. It tells the story of two hapless city boys exiled to a remote mountain village for re-education during China's infamous Cultural Revolution. There the two friends meet the daughter of the local tailor and discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation. As they flirt with the seamstress and secretly devour these banned works, the two friends find transit from their grim surroundings to worlds they never imagined.
The author born in China in 1954, Dai Sijie is a filmmaker who was himself “re-educated” between 1971 and 1974. This, his first novel, was an overnight sensation in 2000, becoming an immediate best-seller and winning five prizes.
Hardcover. Nice condition with light wear to jacket. First Edition. 197 pages.