Sadly, the 10,000 dollars Muo offers Judge Di to free his beloved aren't enough. The judge, tired of cash and cars, orders Muo to bring him a virgin girl to satisfy his sexual predilection for the unsullied.
In 1971, Mao's campaign against the intellectuals is at its height. The narrator of this book and his best friend, Luo, have been sent to a mountain village to be 're-educated'. Their true re-education starts, however, when they discover a comrade's hidden stash of classics of great nineteenth-century Western literature in Chinese translation.
A young French woman in Peking in the late 1970s interprets between Chinese professors and Bertolucci for his film The Last Emperor. Afterwards, she follows a disgruntled old professor who tells her about a text believed to be taken directly from Buddha's teachings and inscribed on silk cloth centuries ago.
Here is one of those rare novels, so captivatingly original, so absurdly funny, surprising and moving, that it crosses all boundaries. Now a major motion picture.