Born in China in 1954, Dai Sijie is a filmmaker who
was himself re-educated between 1971 and
He left China in 1984 for France, where he has lived
and worked ever since. This, his first novel, was an
overnight sensation when it appeared in France in 2000,
becoming an immediate best-seller and winning five prizes.
Rights to the novel have been sold in nineteen countries,
and it is soon to be made into a film.