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BALZAC AND THE LITTLE CHINESE SEAMSTRESS

DAI SIJIE

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In 1971 Mao's campaign against the intellectuals is at its height. Our narrator and his best friend, Luo, distinctly unintellectual but guilty of being the sons of doctors, have been sent to a remote mountain village to be 'reeducated'. The kind of education that takes place among the peasants of Phoenix Mountain involves carting buckets of excrement up and down precipitous, foggy paths, but the two seventeen-year-olds have a violin and their sense of humour to keep them going. Further distraction is provided by the attractive daughter of the local tailor, possessor of a particularly fine pair of feet. Their true re-education starts, however, when they discover a comrade's hidden stash of classics of great nineteenth-century Western literature - Balzac, Dickens, Dumas, Tolstoy and others, in Chinese translation. They need all their ingenuity to get their hands on the forbidden books, but when they do their lives are turned upside down. And not only their lives: after listening to their dangerously seductive retellings of Balzac, the Little Seamstress will never be the same again. Without betraying the truth of what happened, Dai Sijie transforms the bleak events of China's Cultural Revolution into an enchanting and unexpected story about the resilience of the human spirit and the magical power of great storytelling.

Año de publicación:2002

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Es la historia de dos amigos que terminan el secundario y teniendo todas las posibilidades de estudio y desarrollo por delante son enviados por el partido comunista al interior de China, a la vida dura de campesinos rústicos y trabajos duros y pesados, para su "reeducación". A sabiendas de que nunca saldrán de ahí, viven una historia en donde los libros, tesoro prohibido, y el amor de una hermosa chica desarrollarán la trama de una novela tierna en la dureza de la realidad que les toca vivir y dónde las emociones adultas se abren paso, entre momentos que destellan un romanticismo que revela un profundo amor a la vida aún en circunstancias tan adversas. Muy bueno.