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Ai Weiwei's widely anticipated memoir now available

1 November 2021

Hailed as “an eloquent and seemingly unsilenceable voice of freedom” by The New York Times, Ai Weiwei has written a sweeping memoir that presents a remarkable history of China over the last hundred years while also illuminating his artistic process.

Now available to purchase via Penguin Random House, 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows explores the origins of Ai's exceptional creativity and passionate political beliefs, and powerfully reveals the story of his father, Ai Qing, once an intimate of Mao Zedong and China’s most influential poet.

Ai Weiwei's widely anticipated memoir now available
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