Liao Yiwu at the New York Public Library
Liao Yiwu is one of the most prominent and outspoken Chinese writers today. He spent four torturous years in prison for writing the incendiary poem “Massacre.” For many years since, the Chinese government has considered his writings subversive because they expose the dark side of the socialist system, and all of his books are currently banned in China. Liao fled the country in July 2011, to escape arrest preceding the publication of his memoir in Germany. Ian Johnson interviewed him for the NYRblog in August of that year.
Liao Yiwu appears at LIVE from the NYPL in conversation with Paul Holdengräber to celebrate the US publication of his memoir, For a Song and A Hundred Songs, which describes in vivid detail the brutal reality of crowded Chinese prisons, the harassment from guards and fellow prisoners, the torture, the conflicts among human beings in close confinement, and the boredom of everyday life.
New York Review readers can receive a $10 discount on tickets using the code SONG100SONGS.
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