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Once on a Moonless Night

Once on a Moonless Night

(2009)
A novel by

 
From the author of the beloved best seller Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, a haunting tale of love and of the beguiling power of a lost language.

When Pu Yi, the last emperor, was exiled to Manchuria in the early 1930s, it is said that he carried an ancient silk scroll inscribed with a lost Buddhist sutra. Eventually, the scroll would be sold illicitly to an eccentric French linguist named Paul d'Ampere, a transaction that would land him in prison, where he would devote his life to studying the ineffably beautiful ancient language of the scroll.

Our unnamed narrator, a Western student in China in the 1970s, hears this story from the greengrocer Tumchooq - his name the same as that of the language in which the scroll is written - who has recently returned from three years of re-education. She will come again and again to Tumchooq's stall near the gates of the Forbidden City, drawn by the young man and his stories of an estranged father. But when d'Ampere is killed in prison, Tumchooq disappears, abandoning the narrator, now pregnant with his child. And it is she, going in search of her lost love, who will at last find the missing scroll and discover the truth of the Buddha's lesson that begins 'Once on a moonless night . . .'

 
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Hardback Editions

October 2009 : USA Hardback
Title: Once on a Moonless Night (Wheeler Hardcover)
Author(s): Sijie Dai
ISBN: 1-4104-1973-8 / 978-1-4104-1973-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing
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August 2009 : USA Hardback
Title: Once on a Moonless Night
Author(s): Dai Sijie
ISBN: 0-307-27158-7 / 978-0-307-27158-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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January 2009 : UK Hardback
Title: Once on a Moonless Night
Author(s): Dai Sijie
ISBN: 0-7011-8245-8 / 978-0-7011-8245-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Paperback Editions

August 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: Once on a Moonless Night (Vintage International)
Author(s): Dai Sijie
ISBN: 0-307-45673-0 / 978-0-307-45673-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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January 2010 : UK Paperback
Title: Once on a Moonless Night
Author(s): Dai Sijie
ISBN: 0-09-952132-6 / 978-0-09-952132-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Kindle Editions

August 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Once on a Moonless Night
Author(s): Dai Sijie
Publisher: Anchor
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January 2009 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Once on a Moonless Night
Author(s): Dai Sijie
Publisher: Vintage Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   



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