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Dai Sijie

Chinese director Dai Sijie attends the screening of his film Balzac et la petite tailleuse Chinoise Sept. 18, 2002 in Marrakesh, Morocco.

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Dai Sijie (戴思杰) is a Chinese writer best known for his book, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, an autobiography of his experience being re-educated from 1971-1974 during the Cultural Revolution.

Name: Dai Sijie

Gender: Male

Genre: Non-fiction

Language: French and English

Who Is Dai Sijie?:

Dai Sijie is a Chinese writer who writes non-fiction novels, including Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Balzac et la Petite Tailleuse chinoise) and Mr. Muo’s Travelling Couch. Dai Sijie’s books often contain a blend of East and West with Chinese culture and history meeting French influence. Dai Sijie’s films and books are poignant looks at Chinese culture and history.

Dai Sijie’s Life:

Dai Sijie was born in 1954 in China. Dai Sijie’s father was a lung specialist and Dai Sijie’s mother was a consultant in parasitic diseases in Chengdu, Sichuan province. Dai Sijie moved to France in 1984 and is a filmmaker. He wrote Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress in 2000 and it immediately became a hit in France.


  • Balzac et la Petite Tailleuse chinoise (Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress), 2000 Compare Prices
  • Le Complexe de Di (Mr. Muo's Traveling Couch), 2003 Compare Prices
  • Par Une Nuit où la Lune Ne s'est pas Levée (Once on a Moonless Night), 2007 Compare Prices


Chine, Ma Douleur (China, My Sorrow), 1989 Compare Prices
  • Le Mangeur de lune, 1994 Compare Prices
  • Tang le Onzième (The Eleventh Child), 1998 Compare Prices
  • Balzac et la Petite Tailleuse Chinoise (Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress). 2002 Compare Prices
  • Les Filles du Botaniste (The Chinese Botanist's Daughters), 2006 Compare Prices
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