June Fourth Elegies by Liu Xiaobo
Poems (Lannan Translation Selection (Graywolf Hardcover))

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The first publication of the poetry of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo, with a Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Liu Xiaobo has become the foremost symbol of the struggle for human rights in China. He was a leading activist during the Tiananmen Square protests of June 4, 1989, and a prime supporter of Charter 08, the manifesto of fundamental human rights published in 2008. In 2009, Liu was imprisoned for “inciting subversion of state power,” and he is currently serving an eleven-year sentence. He was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for “his prolonged non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” Liu dedicated his Peace Prize to “the lost souls from the Fourth of June.”

June Fourth Elegies presents Liu’s poems written across twenty years in memory of fellow protestors at Tiananmen Square, as well as poems addressed to his wife, Liu Xia. In this bilingual volume, Liu’s poetry is for the first time published freely in both English translation and in the Chinese original.

About Liu Xiaobo

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Liu Xiaobo is a political activist 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 10, 2012 by Graywolf Press. 208 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, but could not visit Sweden to collect it: he was then, and remains, in prison in China for the human rights activism that began with his part in the demonstra

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Time Out New York

In his collection of poems June Fourth Elegies, it becomes apparent that Liu cannot and will not depart from the scene of that day.

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In the section “Again the Closing of the Breaking Through,” Liu writes: “The dead flies in the pans of food / I finely grind and chew then / spit at the withering-red dusk.” In “Standing in the Curse of Time,” he recollects “Ten years ago this day’s / dawn: a bloody garment / sun.” No matter wher...

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