Do Not Say We Have Nothing
by Madeleine Thien
Editor: GRANTA BOOKS
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2016SHORTLISTED GILLER AWARD FOR WOMEN’ S BAILEYS 2017SHORTLISTED FICTION PRIZE FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE IN 2016 AND PARAGRAPH HUGH MACLENNAN FICTION PRIZE IN 2016In Canada in 1990, at the age of ten, Marie and her mother a guest in their home: a young woman who fled China following demonstrations in Tiananmen Square.His name is targetedAs her relationship with Marie deepens, Visant tells the story of her revolutionary family from China, the crowd of tea houses in the early days of President Mao’s ascension of the Shanghai Conservatory in the 1960s and the events that led to Beijing as well as the demonstrations of 1989.It is a revolutionary history of idealism, music and silence, in which three musicians, the shy and brilliant composer Moineau, the prodigy of violin Zhuli, and the enigmatic pianist Kai struggles during the implacable China of the Cultural Revolution to remain faithful to each other and to the music they devoted their lives to.Forced to re-imagine themselves as artistic and private individuals, their destinies are reflected throughout the years, with profound and lasting consequences for the orientation – and for Mary.Written with exquisite intimacy, spirit and morality, complexity, Do Not Say that We Have Nothing Magnificently Brings to the life of one of the most important political regimes of the 20th century and its traumatic legacy, which still resonates for a new generation.It is a moving portrayal of the persuasive force of the revolution and its effects on personal and national identity, unforgettable and a meditation on today’s China.
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