Saturday, June 1, 2013

Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin

Mao's Last Dancer [Paperback]

Li Cunxin 

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; Reprint edition (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425201333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425201336

  • Here's the blurb

    From a desperately poor village in northeast China, at age eleven, Li Cunxin was chosen by Madame Mao's cultural delegates to be taken from his rural home and brought to Beijing, where he would study ballet. In 1979, the young dancer arrived in Texas as part of a cultural exchange, only to fall in love with America-and with an American woman. Two years later, through a series of events worthy of the most exciting cloak-and-dagger fiction, he defected to the United States, where he quickly became known as one of the greatest ballet dancers in the world. This is his story, told in his own inimitable voice.

    Here's a trailer for the movie/DVD based on his book.

    Here's a post he did on the Huffington Post

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