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The Courage to Stand Alone: Letters from Prison and Other Writings

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Internationally recognized as a major publishing event, The Courage to Stand Alone is a collection of prison writings from the world's most famous political prisoner. Wei Jingsheng, who has spent nearly two decades in prison for "counterrevolutionary" activities, confirms his status as a symbol for Chinese democracy, as he eloquently and fearlessly confronts a regime that not only fails to protect basic human rights but actively violates them. Devoid of ideological rant, the letters to Deng Xiaoping and other officials capture the verve, intelligence, audacity, and mordant humor of a man obstinately struggling to bring freedom to the world's most populous country. Also included are touching letters to his family, excerpts of his groundbreaking political essays, and his moving defense statement at trial.

About the Author

Wei Jingsheng, a former Red Guard, was working as an electrician at the Beijing Zoo in 1978 when he became a leader in the Democracy Wall movement. An outspoken critic of government policy and advocate of individual rights since then, he was imprisoned in China from 1979 to 1993. Rearrested and imprisoned again in early 1994, he is now serving a fourteen-year sentence. In 1996 he won the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140275353
Editor:
Torgeson, Kristina M.
Author:
Qing, Liu
Editor:
Torgeson, Kristina M.
Author:
Jingsheng, Wei
Author:
Wei, Jingsheng
Author:
Jingsbeng, Wei
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Political
Subject:
China
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
1976-
Subject:
Political prisoners
Subject:
China Politics and government 1976-
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
Letters
Subject:
Biography-Political
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
19980831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.77x5.06x.68 in. .50 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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