1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows

Two lives, one nation and a century of art under tyranny in China

Ai Weiwei author


Publisher:Vintage Publishing

Published:15th Sep '22


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Ai Weiwei - one of the world's most famous artists and activists - weaves a century-long epic tale of China through the story of his own life and that of his father, Ai Qing, the nation's most celebrated poet.

'Engrossing...a remarkable story' Sunday Times

Here, through the sweeping lens of his own and his father's life, Ai Weiwei tells an epic tale of China over the last 100 years, from the Cultural Revolution to the modern-day Chinese Communist Party.

Here is the story of a childhood spent in desolate exile after his father, Ai Qing, once China's most celebrated poet, fell foul of the authorities. Here is his move to America as a young man and his return to China, his rise from unknown to art-world superstar and international rights activist. Here is his extraordinary account of how his work has been shaped by living under a totalitarian regime.

It's the story of a father and a son, of exceptional creativity and passionate belief, and of how two indomitable spirits enabled the world to understand their country.

'A story of inherited resilience and self-determination' Observer

'A majestic and exquisitely serious masterpiece about his China... One of the great voices of our time' Andrew Solomon

'Intimate, unflinching...an instant classic' Evan Osnos, author of Age of Ambition

Intimate, unflinching ... an instant classic ... a glorious testament to the power of free expression -- Evan Osnos, author of Age of Ambition
This is the rarest sort of memoir, rising above the arc of history to grasp at the limits of the soul -- Edward Snowden
Above all a story of inherited resilience, strength of character and self-determination * Guardian *
An impassioned testament to the enduring powers of art -- Michiko Kakutani, author of Ex Libris
Ai Weiwei is one of the world's greatest living artists. He is a master of multiple media. His work is always thought-provoking, unpredictable and immensely personal -- Elton John

ISBN: 9781784701499

Dimensions: 196mm x 128mm x 34mm

Weight: 340g

400 pages