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The Resource Do not say we have nothing, Madeleine Thien

Do not say we have nothing, Madeleine Thien

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Do not say we have nothing
Title
Do not say we have nothing
Statement of responsibility
Madeleine Thien
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In Canada in 1990, ten-year-old Marie and her mother invite a guest into their home: a young woman who has fled China in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests. Her name is Ai-Ming. As her relationship with Marie deepens, Ai-Ming tells the story of her family in revolutionary China, from the crowded teahouses in the first days of Chairman Mao's ascent, to the Shanghai Conservatory in the 1960s 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. Forced to re-imagine their artistic and private selves, their fates reverberate through the years, with deep and lasting consequences for Ai-Ming - and for Marie. Written with exquisite intimacy, wit and moral complexity, Do Not Say We Have Nothing magnificently brings to life one of the most significant political regimes of the 20th century and its traumatic legacy, which still resonates for a new generation. It is a gripping evocation of the persuasive power of revolution and its effects on personal and national identity, and an unforgettable meditation on China today
Summary
Marie endeavors to piece together the story of her fractured family's past and its connection to her friend Ai-Ming, uncovering information about how both women's fathers were forced to reimagine their identities during Mao's Cultural Revolution.
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Award
  • Governor General's Literary Award for English-Language Fiction, 2016
  • Loan Stars Favourites, 2016.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2016.
  • Scotiabank Giller Prize, 2016.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10494844
Cataloging source
NLC
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1974-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Thien, Madeleine
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Families
  • Musicians
  • Intergenerational relations
  • China
Target audience
adult
Label
Do not say we have nothing, Madeleine Thien
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 467-473)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000058418445
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
473 pages
Isbn
9781783782666
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
Do not say we have nothing, Madeleine Thien
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 467-473)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000058418445
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
473 pages
Isbn
9781783782666
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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