For A Song and A Hundred Songs

For A Song and A Hundred Songs

A Poet's Journey Through A Chinese Prison

Book - 2013
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An award-winning exiled poet remembers his years in prison following the Tiananmen Square protests, describing the brutality he endured for writing the incendiary poem, "Massacre," the humanity he discovered in his fellow cellmates, and the ways in whichhis incarceration reflected key changes in China.
Publisher: Boston : New Harvest, 2013.
ISBN: 9780547892634
Branch Call Number: 365.6092 LIAO
Characteristics: xx, 404 p. ; 24 cm.


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‘For A Song and A Hundred Songs’, a wonderful book by Chinese dissident writer Liao Yiwo; the writer spent several years in prison in China and now exiled in Germany. In his introduction Liao Yiwo wrote that he spent twenty years in writing this memoir and his manuscripts were confiscated several times by the authorities.
The contents of the book are controversial. I was overwhelmed by the stories the writer chose from different phases of his life. The content covered most areas of Chinese social life; some characters are sharp, he exposed the crude reality and vast struggles of ordinary people. Thoroughly enjoyed the book; however, sometime, dissident writers, may not portray everything unquestionable. I kept some doubt in my mind and plenty of inquisitions.
Liao Yiwo’s another widely circulated book was ‘The Corpse Walker’, and it was really an unique oral history of contemporary Chinese life and politics.

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