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  • 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
  • Above all a story of inherited resilience, strength of character and self-determination

  • 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
  • Told in painstaking but often beautiful detail... It's more like a dual biography, with [his father] Ai Quing's story taking up the first 150 pages, a useful corrective for westerners who know little about him

    David Shariatmadari, Guardian
  • Engrossing... A remarkable story

    Sunday Times
  • One of the world's most significant creative talents

    The Times
  • 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

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