Balzac and the little Chinese seamstress (Book, 2001) [WorldCat.org]
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Balzac and the little Chinese seamstress

Author: Sijie Dai; Ina Rilke
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Political fiction
Fictional Work
Fiction
History
Historical fiction
Romans
Romans, nouvelles, etc
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sijie Dai; Ina Rilke
ISBN: 037541309X 9780375413094 9780385722209 0385722206
OCLC Number: 46884190
Description: 197 pages ; 20 cm
Other Titles: Balzac et la petite tailleuse chinoise.
Responsibility: Dai Sijie ; translated from the French by Ina Rilke.
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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.

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