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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From the renowned Chinese poet in exile comes a gorgeous and shocking account of his years in prison following the Tiananmen Square protests.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
ISBN: 9780547892634
Branch Call Number: Biography B Lia
Additional Contributors: Huang, Wenguang


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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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