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About the Author: Dai Sijie

Dai Sijie was born in China in 1954. He grew up working in his fathers tailor shop. He himself became a skilled tailor. The Maoist government sent him to a reeducation camp in rural Sichuan from 1971 to 1974, during the Cultural Revolution. After his return, he was able to complete high school and university, where he studied art history.

In 1984, he left China for France on a scholarship. There, he acquired a passion for movies and became a director. Before turning to writing, he made three critically acclaimed feature-length films: China, My Sorrow (1989) (original title: Chine, ma douleur), Le mangeur de lune and Tang, le onzième. He also wrote and directed an adaptation of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, released in 2002. He lives in Paris and writes in French.

His novel, Par une nuit où la lune ne s'est pas levée (Once on a moonless night), was published in 2007.

L'acrobatie aérienne de Confucius was published in 2008.

His first book, Balzac et la Petite Tailleuse chinoise (Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress) (2000), was made into a movie, in 2002, which he himself adapted and directed. It recounts the story of a pair of friends who become good friends with a local seamstress while spending time in a countryside village, where they have been sent for 're-education' during the Cultural Revolution (see Down to the Countryside Movement). They steal a suitcase filled with classic Western novels from another man being reeducated, and decide to enrich the seamstress' life by exposing her to great literature. These novels also serve to sustain the two companions during this difficult time. The story principally deals with the cultural universality of great literature and its redeeming power. The novel has been translated into twenty-five languages, and finally into his mother tongue after the movie adaptation.

His second book, Le Complexe de Di won the Prix Femina for 2003. It recounts the travels of a Chinese man whose philosophy has been influenced by French psychoanalyst thought. The title is a play on "le complexe d'Oedipe", or "the Oedipus complex". The English translation (released in 2005) is titled Mr. Muo's Traveling Couch.


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ISBN10: 8498383412 | ISBN13: 9788498383416

Page count: 224

Rebosante de vitalidad, humor inteligente y con el ritmo trepidante que caracteriza todas sus obras, esta nueva novela de Dai Sijie —autor de Balzac y la joven costurera china, El complejo de Di y Una noche sin luna— propone al lector una sutil, erudita y lúdica reflexión sobre el juego de máscaras del poder a través de una serie de exuberantes aventuras protagonizadas por uno de los personajes más excéntricos de la historiografía china.

En el año 1521, durante la dinastía Ming, la aparición de una nueva estrella es interpretada por los astrónomos de la corte como un augurio funesto cuyo conjuro exige que el emperador abandone la capital durante un tiempo. Así pues, Su Majestad, Zheng De, emprende un viaje hacia el sur en una nave flotante tan lujosa como un palacio, acompañado de trescientas hermosas concubinas, más de seiscientos eunucos y sus cuatro dobles, tan parecidos al soberano que resulta imposible atentar contra él.

Apasionado del opio, la caza y el sexo, Zheng De se distrae con la práctica de sofisticados juegos eróticos inspirados en las enseñanzas de Confucio mientras navega rumbo a su destino, la rica ciudad de Yangzhou, donde le aguardan aventuras no menos excitantes como la caza de rinocerontes y una extraña criatura nunca vista. Pero ninguno de los placeres que tanto seducen al emperador puede hacerle olvidar que Eros y Tánatos suelen ir de la mano, y que por tanto convendrá prepararse para todo aquello que el destino le depare.

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