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Liu Xiaobo's Empty Chair: Chronicling the Reform Movement Beijing Fears Most; Includes the Full Text of Charter 08 and Other Primary Documents

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When the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced it was awarding the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to the Chinese literary critic and human rights activist Liu Xiaobo, it made special note of his role in writing a remarkablepolitical manifesto called Charter 08. In China, that same document has caused officials to throw him in jail with an 11-year sentence that is extraordinary even by Chinese standards, while taking drastic measures tosilence any mention of the text.

But what is Charter 08 and why has it made Liu such a threat to the Chinese government? Perry Link, a Professor of Chinese literature who has worked closelywith the Chinese dissidents who wrote the charter with Liu, for the first time brings together a full English translation of this powerful document and an incisive new profile of Liu himself with a series of shortessays chronicling his arrest, show-trial, and imprisonment and the crackdown on the Charter 08 movement since its courageous beginnings two years ago. In an epilogue, Link draws on leaked government documents to revealBeijing's nervous response to the Arab uprisings in the spring of 2011.

About the Author

Perry Link is Chancellorial Chair for Teaching Across Disciplines at the University of California, Riverside. He is editing a collection of essays and poems by Liu Xiaobo that will appear in fall 2011 from Harvard University Press.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781590174777
Publisher:
New York Review of Books
Subject:
Political Science : Political Freedom & Security - Human Rig
Author:
Link, Perry
Publication Date:
May 2011
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
70

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