Once on a Moonless Night by Dai Sijie
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Once on a Moonless Night Summary
When Puyi, the last emperor, was exiled to Manchuria in the early 1930s, it is said that he carried an eight-hundred-year-old silk scroll inscribed with a lost sutra composed by the Buddha. Eventually the scroll would be sold illicitly to an eccentric French linguist named Paul dAmpere, in a transaction that would land him in prison, where he would devote his life to studying the ineffably beautiful ancient language of the forgotten text.
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"Starred Review. This should be almost as big as Balzac; highly recommended." - Library Journal
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Dai Sijie Author Biography
Born in China in 1954, Dai Sijie is an award-winning author and filmmaker. Caught up in Chinas Cultural Revolution, he was "re-educated" between 1971 and 1974, and spent time working in a camp in a rural part of Sichuan province. After his re-education, he completed high school and university in China before departing for France in 1984 on a scholarship. He directed his first film in 1989. His first novel, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress was published in France in 2000. The translation became a national bestseller in America.
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