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Dai Sijie
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  • About this Author
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Dai Sijie is a Chinese-born filmmaker and novelist who has lived and worked in France since 1984. His first novel, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, was an overnight sensation; it spent twenty-three weeks on the New York Times best-seller list.

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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
A Novel
Written by Dai Sijie


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 29, 2002
Price: $13.95

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is an enchanting tale that captures the magic of reading and the wonder of romantic awakening. An immediate international bestseller, 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... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download.

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Mr. Muo's Travelling Couch

Written by Dai Sijie


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 6, 2006
Price: $15.00

Having enchanted readers on two continents with Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Dai Sijie now produces a rapturous and uproarious collision of East and West, a novel about the dream of love and the love of dreams. Fresh from 11 years in Paris studying Freud, bookish Mr. Muo returns to... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download.

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Once on a Moonless Night

Written by Dai Sijie


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 10, 2010
Price: $14.95

A precious scroll inscribed with a lost Buddhist sutra—once owned by Pu Yi, the last emperor of China—is illicitly sold to an eccentric French linguist, Paul d’Ampere, who is imprisoned as a result. In jail, he devotes himself to studying its ancient text.

A young Western scholar in China hears this account... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Once on a Moonless Night

Written by Dai Sijie
Translated by Adriana Hunter


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $11.99

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