BookBrowse Reviews 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows by Ai Weiwei

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1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows

A Memoir

by Ai Weiwei

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1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows by Ai Weiwei
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  • First Published:
    Nov 2021, 400 pages

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    Sep 13, 2022, 400 pages

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This powerful memoir by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei captures the cultural and intergenerational backdrop of his life and explores the connection between artistic creation and the human right to free expression.

Ai Weiwei is such an influential and innovative artist and activist that a memoir focused purely on his life and works would have been interesting enough. 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows is much more than that. It also chronicles a search for meaning as the author connects the intergenerational experiences of himself, his father and his son. Throughout the memoir, Ai Weiwei ruminates on the abstract meaning of art and human expression — and its place in society. Ultimately, he realizes that society and artistic individual expression are frequently (and perhaps fundamentally) at odds with one another — a revelation that was hard-won through his illegal detention as a political prisoner.

The memoir starts with Ai Weiwei's father, Ai Qing, a famous Chinese poet who, in spite of being initially favored by Chairman Mao, eventually faced instability and exile as he was branded a...

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