28 Resistance is Fertile
One of the searing images of the 20th century is a young man dwarfed but defiant in the face of a Tiananmen Square tank. In Madeleine Thien’s new novel, the lives of two successive generations—those who lived through Mao’s Cultural Revolution and their children who became Tiananmen Square protestors—are contorted by those who would limit their creativity. Chinese-Canadian Xue Yiwei, author of 18 acclaimed books and one of the most important writers of contemporary Chinese literature, explores the conflict between autonomy and society’s pressure to conform. In New Zealand writer Anna Smaill’s speculative fiction, chimes are played citywide morning and night to mute memory. This is sure to be a thought-provoking discussion about creativity and the compelling need for resistance in the face of oppression.One of the searing images of the 20th century is a young man dwarfed but defiant in the face of a Tiananmen Square tank.
Although this event is sold out, some tickets may be available for purchase at the door.