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Hanging Man: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei Hardcover – September 17, 2013
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“Martin's vivid and affecting portrait attests both to Weiwei's now severely restricted circumstances and his undiminished spirit and conviction as an artist of conscience and a resounding champion for freedom and democracy, responsibility and justice.” ―Donna Seaman, Booklist
“Engaging and timely . . . Martin takes care to establish the historical, political, and artistic context of Ai's work . . . An excellent introduction to Ai and the power of contemporary Chinese art.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A book that offers great clarity on an important subject without succumbing to oversimplification.” ―Kirkus (starred review)
“[Martin's] fascinating, well-written book has many layers . . . Martin does an excellent job in linking Ai's case to that of other intellectuals and artists, and to the broader issues China faces.” ―Jonathan Fenby, The Times
“Fascinating ... Hanging Man is a compelling study of Ai's work and significance.” ―Stuart Kelly, Scotsman
“Martin's passion for the integrity of the artists and writers who pioneered China's artistic renaissance after Mao lifts this account . . . The result is a memorable snapshot of the inspiring figures who remain true to their creative ideals in today's China, despite the official repression of originality.” ―Isabel Hilton, The Guardian
“Hanging Man is the most detailed, comprehensive and eloquent English-language account of what happens these days to Chinese political prisoners . . . I want to underline how grateful I am to Martin for eluding Ai's guards and giving the artist an unequalled chance to explain what befell him . . . This is an invaluable book.” ―Jonathan Mirsky, Literary Review
“Barnaby Martin reveals not only the psyche of China's most celebrated artist and dissident, but through him--and through his prism of art--a whole society in crisis.” ―Colin Thubron, author of To a Mountain in Tibet
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