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1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows: The story of two lives, one nation, and a century of art under tyranny

by Ai Weiwei

Hardback (unsigned) £25
Published 2nd November 2021, 400 pages
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‘Engrossing… A remarkable story’ Sunday Times

‘Above all a story of inherited resilience, strength of character and self-determination’ Observer

Chinese dissident. Ground-breaking artist. Global icon.

Here, through the sweeping, extraordinary story of his own and his father’s lives, Ai Weiwei tells an epic tale of China over the last 100 years.

He recounts a childhood in exile in a desolate place known as ‘Little Siberia’, his move to America as a young man and eventual return home, then his rise from unknown to art-world superstar and international human rights activist - and how his work has been shaped by living under a totalitarian regime.

1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows is a story of exceptional creativity and passionate political beliefs, and a timely reminder of the urgent need to protect freedom of expression.

*A GUARDIAN AND OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR 2021*

‘Intimate, unflinching … an instant classic’ Evan Osnos, author of Age of Ambition

Details

1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows: The story of two lives, one nation, and a century of art under tyranny
by Ai Weiwei

ISBN
9781847923509

Publisher
Vintage Publishing

Binding
Hardback

Publication date
Nov. 2, 2021

Dimensions
24.0cm x 16.2cm x 3.7cm

Page count
400 pages