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Here is one of those rare novels, so captivatingly original, so absurdly funny, surprising and moving, that it crosses all boundaries.
Born in China in 1954, Dai Sijie is a film maker and novelist, who left China in 1984 for France where he now lives and works. He is the author of the international bestseller, Balzac and the Chinese Seamstress (shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction prize) - which he made into a film - Mr Muo's Travelling Couch (winner of the Prix Femina) and Once on a Moonless Night.
"A completely beguiling novel. always giving the reader a sense of being there. Very engaging" Independent "Wholly delightful, intelligent, funny and unexpected. A remarkable book, offering sheer delight" Scotsman "A simple story, seductively told, it touches and lifts up the beauty of human experience far beyond the mountains of Western China in which the story is set" Times Literary Supplement "Highly original and sweetly charming" The Times "If you read only one novel, choose this one: it's worth a hundred" Le Figaro