A remarkable story of the resilience of the human spirit, set against the backdrop of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. A funny, moving and brilliantly original novel, which crosses all cultural boundaries with the skill and inventiveness of its storytelling. "If you read only one novel, make it this one" "Le Figaro".
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.