Skip to content

Li Cunxin - Mao's Last Dancer (2nd Hand Paperback)

Original price £3.95 - Original price £3.95
Original price
£3.95 - £3.95
Current price £3.95
SKU B001867

International Bestseller.

The extraordinary memoir of a peasant boy raised in rural Maoist China who was plucked from his village to study ballet and went on to become one of the greatest dancers of his generation. 

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.

  • Format : Thick 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : Good (Written gift message on title page)
  • Category : Non-Fiction - The Rest of The World
  • Published : 2003 (This Edition 2008 - Penguin)
  • ISBN : 9780141040226
  • SKU : B001867
  • PPC : SP450gm
  • RRP : £9.99
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External Reviews

"This is an inspiring and touching book which gives you a look into a peasant's life in communist China and that of a ballet dancer. On a more personal level, the author shows a lot of raw emotion (particularly for his family), determination and inner strength. You cannot help but be moved by his story and his passion for his family and dancing. A very "heartfelt" piece of writing." - Goodreads Review.

". . . you cannot do better than to read this book." - Mail On Sunday.

The Author

Li Cunxin AO (born 26 January 1961) is a Chinese-Australian former ballet dancer turned author, turned stockbroker. He is currently the artistic director of the Queensland Ballet in Brisbane, Australia.