Madeleine Thien Do Not Say We Have Nothing

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Do Not Say We Have Nothing

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Ai-Ming tells the story of her family in revolutionary China, from the crowded teahouses in the first days of Chairman Mao's ascent and the events leading to the Beijing demonstrations of 1989. It is a history of revolutionary idealism, music and silence, in which three musicians, the shy and brilliant composer Sparrow, the violin prodigy Zhuli and the enigmatic pianist Kai, struggle during China's relentless Cultural Revolution to remain loyal to one another; and to the music they have devoted their lives to.

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Madeleine Thien is the author of two previous novels and a collection of stories, and she has been translated into twenty-five languages. Do Not Say We Have Nothing was longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize. She lives in Montreal.

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“A powerfully expansive novel…Thien writes with the mastery of a conductor who is as in command of the symphony’s tempo as she is attuned to the nuances of each individual instrument.” (Jiayang Fan - The New York Times)

“[A] graceful, intricate novel whose humanity threads through it like a stirring melodic line.” (Sam Sacks - The Wall Street Journal)

“A moving and extraordinary evocation of the 20th-century tragedy of China, and deserves to cement Thien’s reputation as an important and compelling writer.” (Guardian)

“Extraordinary…It recalls the panoramic scale and domestic minutiae of the great 19th-century Russian writers…A highly suspenseful drama…as courageous and far-reaching as principled resistance itself.” (Financial Times)

“A magnificent epic of Chinese history, richly detailed and beautifully written.” (The Times)

“A deeply profound and moving tale where music, mathematics and family history are beautifully woven together in a poetic story…Full of wisdom and complexity, comedy and beauty, Thien has delivered a novel that is both hugely political and severe, but at the same time delicate and intimate, rooted in the tumultuous history of China.” (Herald)

“Music is at the center of this ambitious saga of totalitarian China, where classical musicians were persecuted during the Maoist Cultural Revolution…Thien’s intricate narrative slowly lays bare the lives of three musical friends living through a totalitarian era when serious music had to survive driven underground, like forbidden love.” (Sunday Times)

“A splendid writer.” (Alice Munro)

“Imagination, Nabokov says, is a form of memory. Do Not Say We Have Nothing is a perfect example of how a writer’s imagination keeps alive the memory of a country’s and its people’s past when the country itself tries to erase the history. With insight and compassion, Madeleine Thien presents a compelling tale of China of twentieth century.” (Yiyun Li, author of The Vagrants)

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