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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
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Sep 17, 10

Read in May, 2006

short, evocative. first-person narrative, great juxtaposition of the beauty of the Chinese rural landscape and the horror of "re-education." the kicker is that the mountain girl leaves for the city after being herself “re-educated” by exposure to Western lit. makes me think of what could’ve been my mother's experience and wonder at the miracle of my grandfather's foresight to flee whilst they could.
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