Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

This novel tells the story of two teenage boys sent to a remote mountain village for re-education during China's Cultural Revolution. There, they meet a local tailor's daughter, who becomes their friend and the object of their shared affection. The boys discover a hidden suitcase filled with forbidden Western classics in Chinese translation, and their lives are forever changed. The books not only awaken their passion for literature, but also allow them to educate the Seamstress, ultimately leading to a heartbreaking love triangle and a tale of personal freedom against the odds.

The 2141st greatest book of all time


Published
2000
Nationality
Chinese
Type
Fiction
Pages
around 200
Words
59,000
Original Language
French

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