June Fourth Elegies. Liu Xiaobo by Xiaobo Liu

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A powerful sense of history gives further depth to his observations.


Liu Xiaobo (born 1955) is a pre-eminent Chinese literary critic, professor and humanitarian activist. Since his hunger strike in Tiananmen Square in June 1989 he has been a thorn in the side of the Chinese government, helping to write the Charter 08 manifesto calling for free speech, democratic elections and basic human rights. He was arrested and convicted on charges of 'incitement to subversion', and sentenced to eleven years in prison. The following year, 2010, during this fourth prison term, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 'his prolonged non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China'. Neither he nor his wife was allowed to travel to Oslo, and the Chinese government blocked all news stories of the prize and intimidated Liu's friends and family. He is the only Nobel Laureate in detention. "June Fourth Elegies" is a collection of the poems Liu Xiaobo has written each year on the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989. An extraordinarily moving testimony and an historical document of singular importance, it is dedicated to 'the Tiananmen Mothers and for those who can remember'. In this bilingual volume, Liu's poetry is for the first time published freely in both English translation and in the Chinese original.

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Liu Xiaobo is a political activist, author, university professor and writer. He was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. Jeffrey Yang is the author of two poetry collections and an editor at New Directions Publishing.
Published April 1, 2012 by Jonathan Cape. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Paul Batchelor on Aug 17 2012

A powerful sense of history gives further depth to his observations.

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