On Wednesday 10 July from 7:00 pm till 9:00 pm, Lynn FORTIN will present for us the book : “DO NOT SAY WE HAVE NOTHING” written by the Canadian author, Madeleine THIEN. Her books have been translated in more than 25 languages!
Madeleine Thien born in B.C. studied dance before getting a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of B.C. and switching to creative writing. Many of her works focus on the theme of time in connection to places and human emotion.
Master storyteller Madeleine Thien takes us inside an extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations—those who lived through Mao’s Cultural Revolution and their children, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square. At the center of this epic story are two young women, Marie and Ai-Ming. Through their relationship Marie strives to piece together the tale of her fractured family in present-day Vancouver, seeking answers in the fragile layers of their collective story. Her quest will unveil how Kai, her enigmatic father, a talented pianist, and Ai-Ming’s father, the shy and brilliant composer, Sparrow, along with the violin prodigy Zhuli were forced to reimagine their artistic and private selves during China’s political campaigns and how their fates reverberate through the years with lasting consequences.
With maturity and sophistication, humor and beauty, Thien has crafted a novel that is at once intimate and grandly political, rooted in the details of life inside China yet transcendent in its universality.
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