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This is an auction for ONCE ON A MOONLESS NIGHT by Dai Sijie.

“Acclaimed novelist Dai Sijie has written another novel that has already caused a stir in France. Narrated by an unnamed Western student in China in the 1970s, the story begins centuries before, with the Emperor Huizong, a calligrapher and great art collector, who acquired a silk scroll with a Buddhist sutra written upon it in an ancient lost language. The last emperor of Japan inherits the scroll and then in 1952, Paul d'Ampère, a French linguist, becomes obsessed with translating the scroll and goes to prison for 25 years for illegally acquiring it. When the narrator falls in love with a greengrocer, Tumchooq, who tells her the story, she begins to witness the life-altering consequences of the scroll—consequences that will change her own life and send her on a journey to seek truth and understanding. Sijie's breathtaking story shows the beauty and horrors that make up China's history while the poetry of Sijie's words is revealed in Hunter's magnificent translation. It's fitting that a story of a love affair with language should be written so beautifully."
- a *** starred *** review in Publishers Weekly (US)

“ONCE ON A MOONLESS NIGHT is a strange and beautiful novel. Dai Sijie has an outrageously fertile imagination and a fine instinct for absurdist tragicomedy. The euphonious sounds of the prose (gracefully translated from the French by Adriana Hunter), together with the sensory impressions they unleash, reinforce the book’s message that language can offer mesmerizing pleasures.”
- New York Times Book Review

Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Hardback 2009.

219 pages.

Very good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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