Chinese cultural revolution through the lens of one artistic family; beautiful
To call Do Not Say We Have Nothing an epic is to underestimate the work before you. I've spent two months poring over this book, and it has been such an enjoyable experience.
Thien weaves a story of China's revolution through generations of one family, punctuated by the tales of the Book of Records, a novel told through many notebooks and revisions, their prized possession. The novel is thick with music, large and small rebellions, poetry and love. While it didn't win the Man Booker, it stands up as an important retelling of China under Mau and an ode to the arts. Yes, it is a long one, but it is so very worth it.
Thank you ever so much to Granta Books for sending me this copy to read. It has been such an experience.