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Reviews

  • 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
  • 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
  • The most important artist working today

    Financial Times
  • A majestic and exquisitely serious masterpiece about his China, which is in fact a book about our world. His is one of the great voices of our time

    Andrew Solomon, author of Far from the Tree and Far and Away
  • 1000 years of joys and sorrows are here concentrated into a mere 100. They are years that teem with life of a startling variety. The presentation is artful and the translation exquisite

    Perry Link, author of An Anatomy of Chinese
  • An eloquent and unsilenceable voice of freedom

    New York Times
  • Ai Weiwei is the kind of visionary any nation should be proud to count among its creative class. He has drawn the world's attention to the vibrancy of contemporary Chinese culture

    Time Magazine
  • [An] ambitious memoir... 1,000 Years of Joys and Sorrows touches on the inevitable contradictions of being an activist and an art superstar, but it is above all a story of inherited resilience, strength of character and self-determination

    Sean O'Hagan, Observer

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