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Chinese Dissident Ai Weiwei's Memoir Due in 2017

  • Associated Press

FILE - Artist Ai Weiwei passes a member of the Household Cavalry on duty outside Horse Guards Parade as he walks through central London, Sept. 17, 2015.

FILE - Artist Ai Weiwei passes a member of the Household Cavalry on duty outside Horse Guards Parade as he walks through central London, Sept. 17, 2015.

Ai Weiwei (EYE' WAY'-way), the Chinese artist, activist and dissident, is working on a memoir.

The Penguin Random House division Crown announced Wednesday that it would release the book in the spring of 2017.

Currently untitled, Ai's memoir will cover everything from his time living in the United States in the 1980s and '90s to his numerous clashes with Chinese authorities, including his 81-day detention in 2011.

In a statement issued through Crown, the artist said he would describe the "struggle for individual freedom and self-expression in this old society."

Ai often uses his work to draw attention to injustices in China.

He also played a key role in designing the "Bird's Nest" Beijing National Stadium ahead of the 2008 Olympics, a project he later said he regretted.

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