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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

By Dai Sijie

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| Hardcover | 9780375413094

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An enchanting literary debut—already an international best-seller.

At the height of Mao’s infamous Cultural Revolution, two boys are among hundreds of thousands exiled to the countryside for “re-education.” The narrato Continue

An enchanting literary debut—already an international best-seller.

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.

From within the hopelessness and terror of one of the darkest passages in human history, Dai Sijie has fashioned a beguiling and unexpected story about the resilience of the human spirit, the wonder of romantic awakening and the magical power of storytelling.

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Terribilmente inutile.
    Benché abbondi di immagini evocative, è un romanzo incerto anche nella forma, in cui ai passaggi quasi aulici si contrappone l'uso di termini triviali e, perciò, stonati.
    Inconcluso ed inconcludente, letteralmente fastidioso.

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    Sa Jana said on Aug 27, 2014 | Add your feedback

  • 1 person finds this helpful

    semplice ma bello!

    Semplice, lo mangi in un pomeriggio veloce, però scorrevole e molto bello!

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    Giuli said on Aug 18, 2014 | Add your feedback

  • 7 people find this helpful

    Nella Cina della rieducazione della fine degli anni ‘60, due amici riescono a raccontarci una favola. Facendoci fluttuare tra la rozza realtà dei duri metodi rieducativi e l’arte in tutte le sue forme: la musica, il cinema, il racconto orale, ma sopr ...(continue)

    Nella Cina della rieducazione della fine degli anni ‘60, due amici riescono a raccontarci una favola. Facendoci fluttuare tra la rozza realtà dei duri metodi rieducativi e l’arte in tutte le sue forme: la musica, il cinema, il racconto orale, ma soprattutto la letteratura, quella proibita, quella che fa sognare.
    Un libro sul potere della letteratura e su come può cambiarci la vita.
    A me, per ora, ha fatto venire voglia di leggere Balzac!

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    Aria Saracena said on Jul 27, 2014 | 1 feedback

  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Romanzo interessante con un'ambientazione insolita e intrigante ma il libro non mantiene le sue promesse.

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    cloudbuster said on Jul 9, 2014 | Add your feedback

  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Originale, dinamico, breve e intenso. Ti fa intuire cosa potrebbe essere la vita senza la letteratura...!

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    MSoave said on Jul 4, 2014 | Add your feedback

  • 1 person finds this helpful

    knowledge is power.

    難以想像在文革時期人們對知識的渴求,
    而如今,人們卻寧願緊握遙控器而懶得翻開一頁書扉。

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    superdejavu said on Jun 3, 2014 | Add your feedback

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