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As a fearless poet and prolific essayist and critic, Liu Xiaobo became one of the most important dissident thinkers in the People’s Republic of China. His nonviolent activism steered the nation’s prodemocracy currents from Tiananmen Square to support for Tibet and beyond. Liu undertook perhaps his bravest act when he helped draft and gather support for Charter 08, a democratic vision for China that included free elections and the end of the Communist Party’s monopoly on power. While imprisoned for “inciting subversion of state power,” Liu won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. He was granted medical parole just weeks before dying of cancer in 2017.
              
The Journey of Liu Xiaobo draws together essays and reflections on the “Nelson Mandela of China.” The Dalai Lama, artist and activist Ai Weiwei, and a distinguished list of leading Chinese writers and intellectuals, including Zhang Zuhua, the main drafter of Charter 08, and Liu Xia, the wife of Liu Xiaobo, and noted China scholars, journalists, and political leaders from around the globe, including Yu Ying-shih, Perry Link, Andrew J. Nathan, Marco Rubio, and Chris Smith illuminate Liu’s journey from his youth and student years, through his indispensable activism, and to his defiant last days. Many of the pieces were written immediately after Liu’s death, adding to the emotions stirred by his loss.

Original and powerful, The Journey of Liu Xiaobo combines memory with insightful analysis to evaluate Liu’s impact on his era, nation, and the cause of human freedom.


 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-xiv
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction: Unity of Knowledge and Action
  2. pp. 1-72
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  1. Why Liu Xiaobo Matters: Black Hand behind a Red Wall
  2. pp. 73-128
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  1. Youth and University Days: Innocent Hearts to Dark Horse
  2. pp. 129-186
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  1. Tiananmen Square and After: No Enemies
  2. pp. 187-236
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  1. Politics, People, and PEN: Facing up to and Resisting Reality
  2. pp. 237-326
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  1. Charter 08: No Hatred
  2. pp. 327-372
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  1. Nobel Peace Prize: Empty Chair
  2. pp. 373-398
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  1. Being-toward-Death: Torch in the Darkness
  2. pp. 399-450
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  1. Conclusion: Heart to Heart
  2. pp. 451-458
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  1. Appendix
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  1. Additional Statements
  2. pp. 473-474
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  1. Books by Liu Xiaobo
  2. pp. 475-476
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  1. Liu Xiaobo’s Awards and Honors
  2. pp. 477-478
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  1. Chronology
  2. pp. 479-486
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  1. Charter 08
  2. pp. 487-496
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  1. I Have No Enemies: My Final Statement
  2. pp. 497-502
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  1. List of Contributors
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  1. Image Plates
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781640122949
Related ISBN
9781640122246
MARC Record
OCLC
1141093891
Pages
464
Launched on MUSE
2020-03-10
Language
English
Open Access
No
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