Tuesday 22nd 11.00 a.m. —12.15 p.m.
(Change of date)
Residence of Cherry Mehta
BALZAC AND THE LITTLE CHINESE SEAMSTRESS; BY DAI SIJIE
This semi autobiographical book by Dai Sijie , was the winner of 5 awards on release in 2000, and has been translated in 25 languages! A small but power packed book which went on to become a movie in 2002.
Balzac and The Little Chinese Seamstress recounts the story of a pair of friends who become good friends with a local seamstresses while spending time in a countryside village, where they have been sent for re-education’ during the Cultural Revolution.
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.
A sensitive story, offering an insight into the cultural and political scenario of the time.
(Book for September :Maidless in MumbaiPayal Kapadia- The Author will be with us to lead the discussion)
Rachita Kapur Rhodie Hakim