Liao Yiwu

“Five Star Billionaire” And Other Must-Read Books

Tash Aw, a writer born in Taipei who grew up in Kuala Lumpur before moving to England, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for his novel, “Five Star Billionaire,” a fictional self-help book for social climbers...

Prison of the Mind: Liao Yiwu’s Memoir of Incarceration

At The New Yorker, Ian Buruma reviews Liao Yiwu’s prison memoir For a Song and a Hundred Songs: A Poet’s Journey through a Chinese Prison. The book was rewritten twice after its first and second drafts were...

A Hundred Songs: Liao Yiwu Visits U.S.

At The Wall Street Journal, Sofia McFarland and Liao Yiwu discuss Liao’s memoir of his four-year imprisonment following the 1989 June 4th crackdown, For a Song and a Hundred Songs: A Poet’s Journey through a Chinese...

Poet Liao Yiwu’s Nightmare in Chinese Prison

At The New York Times, Elaine Sciolino talks to poet and author Liao Yiwu about his forthcoming memoir For a Song and a Hundred Songs: A Poet’s Journey Through a Chinese Prison, to be published in the U.S. on June 4th. The title...

Exiled Poet Liao Yiwu’s Prison Memoir Released in France

Liao Yiwu spent the early 1990s in prison for writing the poem Massacre, about the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. His account of these four years will be published in English this summer as For a Song and a Hundred Songs: A...

From Virginia Suburb, Yu Jie Continues His Mission

The New York Times’ Edward Wong talks to writer Yu Jie, who left China for the United States last month, about the experiences that drove him to leave, his Christian faith and his plans for the future. … He began thinking...

Testimony of Torture: Liao Yiwu Exposes Prison Brutality

Berlin-based writer Liao Yiwu talks to Der Spiegel about “Für ein Lied und hundert Lieder” (“For a Song and a Hundred Songs”), a memoir of his four years in prison. As well as the grisly conditions...

Liao Yiwu: Walking Out on China

At The New York Times, writer Liao Yiwu describes his escape from China: Yunnan province, in southwestern China, has long been the exit point for Chinese who yearn for a new life outside the country. There, one can sneak out of...

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