Madeleine Thien


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in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
January 01, 1974

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Madeleine Thien was born in Vancouver. She is the author of the story collection Simple Recipes (2001), and three novels, Certainty (2006); Dogs at the Perimeter (2011), shortlisted for Berlin’s International Literature Prize and winner of the Frankfurt Book Fair’s 2015 Liberaturpreis; and Do Not Say We Have Nothing (2016), about musicians studying Western classical music at the Shanghai Conservatory in the 1960s, and about the legacy of the 1989 Tiananmen demonstrations. Her books and stories are published in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Australia, and have been translated into 25 languages.

Do Not Say We Have Nothing won the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize, the 2016 Governor-General’s Literary Award for Fiction, and an Edward Stanford Priz
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Do Not Say We Have Nothing

3.91 avg rating — 12,834 ratings — published 2016 — 32 editions
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Dogs at the Perimeter

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Certainty

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Simple Recipes

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The Chinese Violin

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“The only life that matters is in your mind. The only truth is the one that lives invisibly, that waits even after you close the book. Silence, too, is a kind of music. Silence will last.”
Madeleine Thien, Do Not Say We Have Nothing

“If you're trapped in a room, and nobody is coming to save you, what can you do? You have to bang on the walls and break the windows. You have to climb out and save yourself. It's obvious, Li-ling, that crying doesn't help a person live.”
Madeleine Thien, Do Not Say We Have Nothing

“I like to think of home as a verb, something we keep recreating.”
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