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The Resource Once on a moonless night, Sijie Dai ; translated from the French by Adriana Hunter

Once on a moonless night, Sijie Dai ; translated from the French by Adriana Hunter

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Once on a moonless night
Title
Once on a moonless night
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Sijie Dai ; translated from the French by Adriana Hunter
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Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
Beguiling and ambitious, this new novel by the author of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress , is ostensibly a search for an ancient text, and a love story. But beneath that is a haunting tale about language and identity, about the shifting layers of history under the confusing surface of Chinese life and politics, with a final Buddhist twist. A young French woman in Peking in the late 1970s interprets between Chinese professors and Bertolucci for his film The Last Emperor. Afterwards, she follows a disgruntled old professor who tells her about a text believed to be taken directly from Buddha's teachings and inscribed on silk cloth centuries ago. It was written in a now-dead language called Tumchooq (coincidentally, the name of a young Chinese man she has just met), so beautiful in its simplicity it is almost impossible to render accurately in translation.Puyi, the last emperor and last owner of this relic, allegedly tore the silk in two with his teeth while being flown to Manchuria by the Japanese, and threw the fragments from the plane. Only half of the mutilated manuscript was recovered, and the reader, like the narrator, must wait till the end of the novel to discover the rest. When the complete text is finally pieced together, its message is devastatingly simple, and all the more poignant because it has taken such sacrifice and effort to decipher. Comprising ancient texts and fables, stories within stories, and a young man's desperate search for his father's legacy, this brilliant novel, covering almost a century of China's history, has the modernity and tenderness of the film, Lost in Translation
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Presents the story of the search for an ancient silk scroll inscribed with a lost Buddhist sutra, and one woman's search for her lost love
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Writing style
Award
Booklist Editors' Choice, 2009.
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319503
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QGCCL
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1954-
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Dai, Sijie
Dewey number
843.92
Index
no index present
Language note
Translated from the French
Literary form
fiction
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Hunter, Adriana
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True
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Interpersonal relations
Target audience
adult
Label
Once on a moonless night, Sijie Dai ; translated from the French by Adriana Hunter
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Publication
Note
"First published in France by Editions Gallimard as Par une nuit oφla lune ne s'est pas lev⥥ in 2007"--T.p. verso
Control code
000043876576
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
219 p.
Isbn
9780701182458
Label
Once on a moonless night, Sijie Dai ; translated from the French by Adriana Hunter
Publication
Note
"First published in France by Editions Gallimard as Par une nuit oφla lune ne s'est pas lev⥥ in 2007"--T.p. verso
Control code
000043876576
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
219 p.
Isbn
9780701182458

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