"A literary road movie...veers from hilarious to horrific" ( Daily Mail)
"Allusive, intelligent, and very funny; comedy in the service of entertainment" ( Scotsman)
"Memorable and often startlingly beautiful" ( Scotland on Sunday)
"Unusually for a comic novel, it grips like a thriller and has some page-turningly tense moments... a significant book, as well as an eccentric one " ( Daily Telegraph)
"A reading experience that evokes contemporary China with absurdist exactitude " ( Financial Times)
Born in China in 1954, Dai Sijie is a film maker and novelist, who left China in 1984 for France where he now lives and works. He is the author of Once on a Moonless Night and the international bestseller, Balzac and the Chinese Seamstress (shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction prize), which he made into a film.
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