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June Fourth Elegies

By: Jeffrey Yang, Liu Xiaobo

Publisher: Graywolf Press

Imprint: Graywolf Press

Format: Hardcover | ISBN: 9781555976101

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On Sale: | Pages: 229

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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 LamaLiu 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 Lius 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, Lius poetry is for the first time published freely in both English translation and in the Chinese original.
Readers not versed in Chinese history are given some guidance. They are well served by translator Jeffrey Yang's notes. Still, the best poems in this volume earn their horrific vision through imagery that captures the spooky intimacy of life under censorship.
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
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