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Wonderful second novel from the author of the best-selling Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress.

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Since the publication of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (published in 38 countries), film maker and novelist Dai Sijie has become internationally famous. His film of the book was chosen to open the Cannes Film Festival in 2002.Mr Muo's Travelling Couch has already sold over 100,000 copies in its first French edition and will now be published throughout the world.. Dai Sijie lives in Paris and writes in French.


Wong's mellifluous, theatrical voice sets the stage for this novel of Muo, a French-trained psychoanalyst who returns to his native China in search of his lost love. Finding her imprisoned by Communist fiat, Muo discovers that the only way to free her is to bring a tyrannical local judge a virgin for his delectation. Sijie's comic-romantic quest becomes a travelogue of the new China, taking in a panoply of voices, a ceaselessly chattering orchestra playing the song of life in the proto-capitalist era. Wong chooses to perform the book as an extended series of monologues, bending and playing with each word like a separate, discretely wrapped treat. Some get whispered silkily, others intoned fitfully, others yet provided with a series of intricately nuanced voices. The book becomes an opportunity for Wong to luxuriate in the sound of Sijie's words and in his own voice. Wong makes his own performance the centerpiece of his reading, and his audacious willingness to place himself at the forefront is a gamble that pays off handsomely, providing a holistic unity that elevates this audiobook over the run of its peers. Simultaneous release with the Knopf hardcover. (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

After training as a psychoanalyst in the West, Mr. Muo returns home to China to rescue a girlfriend jailed for her political activities and winds up pedaling throughout the country trying to find a perfect bribe for the judge. In the spirit of the incomparable Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"A literary road movie...veers from hilarious to horrific" Daily Mail "Allusive, intelligent, and very funny; comedy in the service of entertainment" Scotsman "Memorable and often startlingly beautiful" Scotland on Sunday "Unusually for a comic novel, it grips like a thriller and has some page-turningly tense moments... a significant book, as well as an eccentric one" Daily Telegraph "A reading experience that evokes contemporary China with absurdist exactitude" Financial Times

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