Book ‘1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows’ by Ai Weiwei

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The “intimate and expansive” (Time) memoir of “one of the most important artists working in the world today” (Financial Times), telling a remarkable history of China over the last hundred years while also illuminating his artistic process. “Poignant… An illuminating through-line emerges in the many parallels Ai traces between his life and his father’s.” — The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice). Once a close associate of Mao Zedong and the nation’s most celebrated poet, Ai Weiwei’s father, Ai Qing, was branded a rightist during the Cultural Revolution, and he and his family were banished to a desolate place known as “Little Siberia,” where Ai Qing was sentenced to hard labor cleaning public toilets. Ai Weiwei recounts his childhood in exile…

Publisher: Crown; First Edition (November 2, 2021); Pages: 400 pages; ISBN-10: 0553419463; ISBN-13: 978-0553419467; ASIN:‎ B08YK3W2ZX

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Author’s biography: Ai Weiwei is one of the world’s most important living artists. Born in 1957, he lives in Cambridge, UK.