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ISBN-10: 1681778971
ISBN-13: 9781681778976
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publish Date: 10/09/2018
Dimensions: 9.02" L, 5.98" W, 0.78" H

The Phoenix Years: Art, Resistance, and the Making of Modern China

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Overview

By following the stories of nine contemporary Chinese artists, The Phoenix Years shows how China’s rise unleashed creativity, thwarted hopes, and sparked tensions between the individual and the state that continue to this day. It relates the heady years of hope and creativity in the 1980s, which ended in the disaster of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Following that tragedy comes China’s meteoric economic rise, and the opportunities that emerged alongside the difficult compromises artists and others have to make to be citizens in modern China.

Foreign correspondent Madeleine O’Dea has been an eyewitness for over thirty years to the rise of China, the explosion of its contemporary art and cultural scene, and the long, ongoing struggle for free expression. The stories of these artists and their art mirror the history of their country. The Phoenix Years is vital reading for anyone interested in China today.

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"An essential background history of modern China. O'Dea captures the intellectual excitement of the bohemians of modern China while enriching her own understanding of Chinese history." –Shelf Awareness (starred)

"A well-grounded survey of the incredible courage of Chinese artists since the first flowering of the late 1970s and subsequent crackdowns. An illuminating chronicle of several generations of resilient and beleaguered Chinese artists, with minibiographies, a helpful timeline, and extensive notes." –Kirkus Reviews

"[O'Dea] makes geopolitical history accessible and engaging through the lives and experiences of such individual artists as Huang Rui and Guo Jian. O'Dea writes for readers new to art, offering straightforward descriptions of individual works, and new to Chinese history, explaining the nuts and bolts of crucial policies and protests. By focusing on how individuals experienced communism and resisted it, O'Dea succeeds in making history human." –Booklist

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Details

ISBN-10: 1681778971
ISBN-13: 9781681778976
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publish Date: 10/09/2018
Dimensions: 9.02" L, 5.98" W, 0.78" H
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