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Dai Sijie

“Often, after extinguishing the oil lamp in our house on stilts, we would lie on our beds and smoke in the dark. Book titles poured from our lips, the mysterious and exotic names evoking unknown worlds. It was like Tibetan incense, where you need only say the name, Zang Xiang, to smell the subtle, refined fragrance and to see the joss sticks sweating beads of scented moisture which, in the lamplight, resemble drops of liquid gold.

Dai Sijie, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
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