Maos Last Dancer

Cunxin, Li

£9.99

Li Cunxin tells his story, tracing his life from his early childhood among the Chinese peasantry and his being thrust into the world of ballet, through his winning a scholarship to America and his eventual defection to the West in 1981, knowing that he would never see his family again.

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Description

Raised in a desperately poor village during the height of China’s Cultural Revolution, Li Cunxin’s childhood revolved around the commune, his family and Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book.

Until, that is, Madame Mao’s cultural delegates came in search of young peasants to study ballet at the academy in Beijing and he was thrust into a completely unfamiliar world.

When a trip to Texas as part of a rare cultural exchange opened his eyes to life and love beyond China’s borders, he defected to the United States in an extraordinary and dramatic tale of Cold War intrigue.

Told in his own distinctive voice, this is Li’s inspirational story of how he came to be Mao’s last dancer, and one of the world’s greatest ballet dancers.

Additional information

Weight 321 g
Dimensions 198 × 129 × 27 mm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

412

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

792.8092 (edition:22)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K