Posts Tagged ‘Nobel Peace prize’

LIGHT – 伊沙 Yi Sha

十月 8, 2017

Yi Sha
PLAINLY SAID IT’S LIKE THIS

Two years ago at this time
I was in Vermont.
In that month,
I was with poets and writers, all kinds of artists,
everyone doing their stuff.
60 people,
I was the only one waiting for news on the Nobel.
I asked them
why they didn’t care.
They gave me strange looks,
like I was some Chinese bug on the ground.
Oh, we have such a deep Nobel complex,
it’s in our cultural genes.
Plainly said it’s opportunism,
always looking for shortcuts,
no doubt about it.

October 2016
Translated by MW, October 2017

 

 

《说穿了便是》

两年前这时候
我在佛蒙特
那个月里
我与来自世界各地的
诗人、作家、艺术家
一起创作
六十个人里
只有我
在关心诺奖的消息
我问他们
为什么不关心
他们用怪怪的眼神
望着我这只中国土鳖
哦,中国人如此深重的
诺奖情结
来自我们的文化基因
说穿了便是
机会主义者
老想走捷径
一锤子定音

2016/10

 

 

Yi Sha

I remember
three years ago
in Vermont,
Austrian sinologist Martin Winter told me
he didn’t agree
when I translated “light” into “guangming” 光明,
bright light.
“Light is just light”, he gave no reason.
I thought he didn’t like
the false pathos from the Mao era,
using big words.
Only just now
I see the light!
光 guang is immediate experience,
if you add 明 ming, meaning bright
the language is one step removed.
A colloquial poetry eagle
doesn’t pick up second-hand words.

October 2017
Translated by MW, Oct. 2017

 

《light》

伊沙

我记得
三年前
在佛蒙特
奥地利汉学家
维马丁说
他不赞同
把英语中的light
译成中文的"光明"
"光就是光"
他没说理由
我理解成
他不喜欢
这来自毛时代的
假大空中文
如今
三年过去了
就在刚才
我恍然大悟
"光"是第一现场语言
加个"明"
就退到了第二现场
对于后者
口语鹰是不屑叼走食用的

(10月第16首,总第9168首)

 

Yi Sha
LATE REVENGE

we have a late poet and critic
in his many writings
he also named my greatest sin:
after 1989,
the Third Generation of elite poets –
some went to prison
some went into business
some had stopped writing
hence my sudden rise

this kind of thinking is interesting
let me use it on Charles Bukowski
from 1960 to 62
China was stuck in extreme misery
people were starving
he didn’t care if we starved to death
kept slurping cheap wine
kept writing good poems
and became famous

October 2017
Translated by MW, October 2017

 

《秋后算账》
伊沙

一位死去的诗人、诗评家
在其洋洋万字的遗文中
给我罗致的罪名是
1989年后
趁第三代精英诗人
坐牢的坐牢
下海的下海
罢笔的罢笔
而崛起

这种思维很有意思
我想拿来一用
给美国诗人布考斯基 罗致一项罪名
1960-1962年 趁中国人民在水深火热中
忍饥挨饿
不顾我们死活
喝了好多烂酒
写了好多好诗
而崛起

2017/10

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Yi Sha 伊沙 – Liu Xiaobo 劉曉波

七月 22, 2017

 

Yi Sha
DREAM 1097

Two nights after he went to heaven
I dream of my Mr. Liu.
He is young, in his prime,
in a clean white shirt.
Holding a child
he appears at Beijing Capital airport.
His calm demeanor
makes me feel at ease.
The alarm in his eyes
makes me nervous.
No-one hinders him
from crossing the border,
which means there is a man of the people
behind the counter.
In the end I see his tall figure
on the other side.
The child he is holding
is a doll,
like in a horrror movie.

July 2017
Translated by MW, August 2017

 

Yi Sha
TRAUM 1097

in der zweiten nacht
seit mein lehrer herr liu
in den himmel gestiegen ist
träum ich von ihm
im traum ist er wieder jung
trägt ein sauberes weißes hemd
mit einem kind im arm
erscheint er auf dem pekinger flughafen
sein gefasster ausdruck
macht mich froh
seine wachsamen augen
machen mich unruhig
niemand hält ihn auf bei der ausreise
also war hinter dem schalter
ein mensch aus dem volk
zuletzt sehe ich seinen großen rücken
auf der anderen seite der grenze
das kind das er tägt
ist eine puppe
wie in einem horrorfilm

Juli 2017
Übersetzt von MW im Juli 2017

 

《梦(1097)》

在他羽化升天的第二个晚上
我梦见了我的刘老师
他还是年轻时的样子
穿一件干净的白衬衫
抱着一个孩子
出现在首都机场
他坦然的神情
令我欣慰
他目光中的警觉
令我不安
没有人阻拦他出境
说明柜台后面坐着的是
人民的一员
最后我看见他高大的背影
出现在国境线彼端
他怀中抱着的孩子
是一个洋娃娃玩具
仿佛恐怖片中的道具

2017/7

 

Yi Sha
WITH MY OWN EYES

I have witnessed
how my mentor
went from evil to saviour.
It was in Oslo,
where he proclaimed
to admire Hitler.
It was also in Oslo,
where his chair remained empty.
He sat down in this way
in the halls of the Nobel peace prize.

July 2017
Translated by MW, August 2017

 

Yi Sha
MITANGESEHEN

Ich hab mit eigenen Augen gesehen
wie mein Lehrer und Mentor
vom Teufel zum Heiligen wurde.
In Oslo hat er Hitler bewundert.
In Oslo ist sein Stuhl freigeblieben,
so hat er Platz genommen
im Nobelpreishimmel.

Juli 2017
Übersetzt von MW im Juli 2017

 

《目击》

我亲眼目击了
我的恩师
由邪成圣的历程
挪威奥斯陆
是他宣称
崇拜希特勒的地方
也是他虚席以坐
领取诺贝尔和平奖的殿堂

2017/7

 

 

Yi Sha
DREAM #127

I am sitting with two Mr. Lius
0n the butt of a Liberation,
all kinds of fresh vegetables piled on the truck.
I sit with my teacher both left and right of me,
on old wicker chairs.
My Mr. Liu to the right is my college professor,
advisor for my graduation paper.
My Mr. Liu on the left is a white marble statue,
but he can move and speak.
Last year he was awarded the Nobel prize for peace.
My Mr. Liu to the right is young with black hair,
my Mr. Liu on the left is all white.
My Mr. Liu to the right talks all the time,
explains every detail of every vegetable.
My Mr. Liu on the left listens carefully,
sometimes he puts a question.
I sit absent-minded,
not interested in any stuff on the truck.
I am very content
to be able to sit with these two.

2011
Translated by MW, July 2017

 

 

Yi Sha
TRAUM 127

ich sitz mit zwei herrn lehrern liu
hinten in einem laster der marke befreiung
auf dem laster ist lauter frisches gemüse
wir drei sitzen auf korbsesseln nebeneinander
ich sitz in der mitte
der rechte herr liu war auf der uni mein mentor
der betreuer meiner abschlussarbeit
der linke herr liu ist eine statue aus weißer jade
lebensgroß und kann sprechen und sich bewegen
erhielt letztes jahr den friedensnobelpreis
der rechte herr liu ist jung und ganz schwarz
der linke herr liu ist älter und weiß
der rechte herr liu redet die ganze zeit
von jedem gemüse im ganzen lastwagen
der linke herr liu hört aufmerksam zu
und stellt manchmal fragen
ich bin ein bisschen abwesend
weil mich das gemüse im wagen nicht kümmert
ich bin schon sehr zufrieden
dass ich dort sitzen darf zwischen den beiden

2011
Übersetzt von MW im Juli 2017

 

《梦(127)》

我和两个刘老师
坐在一辆解放牌卡车的屁股后面
那车上全是各式各样的新鲜蔬菜
我们三个坐在三把并排而放的老藤椅上
我居中而坐
右手边的刘老师是我大学时代的授业恩师
我毕业论文的指导教师
左手边的刘老师是一尊汉白玉雕像
能够活动和说话的全身雕像
去年诺贝尔和平奖得主
右边的刘老师年轻的黑黑的
左边的刘老师中年的白白的
右边的刘老师喋喋不休
详细介绍着这一车蔬菜
左边的刘老师仔细倾听
不时还要提出个把问题
我有点心不在焉
压根儿就不关心这一车蔬菜
能够坐在他俩中间
我已经感到很满足

2011

 

Yi Sha
TIME OF ENLIGHTENMENT

In my graduation year
I brought back a tape from Beijing to Xi’an
with the voice of Professor Liu.
It was copied uncountable times
and played uncountable times
until the tape was as thin as a hair.
It got stuck in the machine.
The voice was too slow,
like a cow mewing.
My task of enlightenment
was thus fulfilled.
The people who listened
maybe didn’t change very much.
But those who listened
had a happier youth.
I believe they like to think back
even now
on those days.

July 2017
Tr. by MW, August 2017

 

Yi Sha
DIE ZEIT DER AUFKLÄRUNG

In dem Jahr von meinem Uni-Abschluss
hab ich von Peking nach Xi’an
eine Kassette zurückgebracht,
mit Vorlesungen von Professor Liu.
Unzählige Male kopiert
und unzählige Male gehört.
Das Band war am Ende so dünn wie ein Haar.
Es ist stehengeblieben,
der Ton war zu langsam,
wie ein Muhen von alten Rindern.
Meine Aufklärungsarbeit
war damit beendet.
Die Leute, die die Kassette gehört haben,
haben sich eher nicht deswegen
von Grund auf geändert.
Aber die Leute, die zugehört haben,
die haben eine schönere Jugend gehabt.
Ich glaub, daran denken sie
sehr gern zurück.

Juli 2017
Übersetzt von MW im Juli 2017

 

《启蒙时代》

大学毕业那年
我从北京带回西安的
一盘刘老师演讲录音带
被翻录过无数次
被收听过无数次
最终头发般的磁带
已经带不动了
声音慢下来
像老牛哞哞叫
我的启蒙工作
就此完成
听过的人
并未因此
而有多大改变
但是听过的人
拥有更美好的青春
我相信这些日子
他们幸福地回忆着

2017/7

 

Yi Sha
LIU XIAOBO

an arms dealer in class
throws all kinds of tools at our feet
with a cold glint in his eyes
he teaches us how to kill
he likes it when old geezers croak

he talks with a stutter
it takes a while until we realize
who is ai-ai-einstein
irr-irr-rational thinking is not rational
in the end we all stutter
the head of our college stares with surprise
liu-liu-liu xiaobo
you-you-you are a strange kind of thing
but your weapons feel good in our hands
we are all bloodthirsty
at our graduation
we would like to say to the arms dealer
mis-mis-mister liu
you-you-you are a tough guy
but he turns and walks away

1988
Translated by MW, August 2017

 

Yi Sha
LIU XIAOBO

ein waffenhändler wirft vom katheder
pistolen und flinten vor unsere füße
mit kaltem glitzern in seinen augen
bringt er uns bei wie man tötet
er mag es wenn die senilen krepieren
er ist ein stotterer
lange haben wir nicht gewusst
wer ei-einstein sein soll
und dass un-unverstand
nichts mit vereinten nationen zu tun hat
am ende haben wir alle gestottert
der rektor schaut unseren jahrgang ganz erstaunt an
liu-liu xiaobo
wa-was sind sie-sie für ein ding
die waffen liegen gut in der hand
wir sind alle voll blutdurst
beim studienabschluss
mit dem waffenhändler
würden wir gern etwas sagen:
herr-herr-professor liu-liu
sie-sie sind ein harter kerl
er dreht sich um und geht

1988
Übersetzt von MW im Juli 2017

 

《劉曉波》

課上 一個兵器商
把長短傢伙扔在我們面前
滿眼寒光
他教我們殺人
他欣賞衰老者的死亡

他説話結巴
好久我們不曉得
愛‘ 愛因斯坦是誰
非 ’非理性不是理性
終于 我們都結巴了
校長奇怪得看我們的班
劉 。。。劉曉波
你。。。你。。。是個什麽東西
只是兵器使来顺手
我們一個個殺氣騰騰
畢業的時候 跟兵器商
我們想說句話 –
劉。。。劉。。。老師
你。。。你。。。挺棒
他轉身走了

1988

HUNG HUNG’S POEM FOR LIU XIAOBO

七月 19, 2017

Hung Hung
ONE MAN VS. ONE COUNTRY – FOR LIU XIAOBO

one man dies
one country awakes from a dream

actually it wasn’t sleeping
the country was just pretending to dream
it keeps its eyes open behind its mosquito net
watching who dares to dream their own dream
who dares in their dreams to sing their own song
who dares to call each stag a stag, each horse a horse

this country never sleeps
its atm’s count their money 24 hours
its warriors patrol on the net day and night
to bury alive every weathercock showing his head

this country infects with its disease
the livers that aren’t asleep
so they can’t detox anymore
they can’t tell the limbs to move around freely
the case history of this country is painted as poetry
everyone of the people it calls its citizens
must memorize and recite without rest

just like that hottest summer 28 years ago
a summer that seems to go on forever
one person dies
and the blood that was washed off
flows out steaming again on the square
to jump the dark floodgate

only when this sick country dies
every person can finally wake up alive

7/13/17
Translated by Martin Winter, July 2017

 

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Hung Hung
EIN MENSCH GEGEN EIN LAND — IN GEDENKEN AN LIU XIAOBO

Ein Mensch stirbt.
Ein Land erwacht aus einem Traum.

Eigentlich hat das Land gar nicht geschlafen.
Es hat nur so getan, als würde es träumen.
Hinter seinem Moskitonetz sperrt es die Augen auf:
Wer wagt es und träumt seinen eigenen Traum?
Wer wagts, singt im Traum sein eigenes Lied?
Wer nennt einen Hirsch einen Hirsch, und ein Pferd auch ein Pferd?

Dieses Land kann nicht schlafen.
Seine Bankomaten zählen sein Geld Tag und Nacht.
Seine Krieger patrouillieren 24 Stunden im Netz:
jeder Wetterhahn der seinen Kopf hebt
wird lebendig begraben.

Dieses Land steckt mit seiner Krankheit
jede Leber an, die nicht schläft:
sie können alle nicht länger entgiften
oder Glieder anstiften, sich frei zu rühren.
Es malt seine Krankengeschichte aus als Gedicht
und befiehlt allen jenen, die es seine Bürger nennt
das Gedicht vorzutragen bis sie nicht mehr können.

So wie in jenem heißesten Sommer vor 28 Jahren.
Der Sommer geht offenbar nie vorüber.
Ein Mensch ist gestorben:
Das abgewaschene Blut
spritzt wieder heiß hervor auf dem Platz,
schlägt gegen das finstere Schleusentor.

Nur wenn das schwerkranke Land endlich stirbt
kann jeder Mensch erst lebendig erwachen.

13. Juni 2017
Übersetzt von MW am 13. Juni 2017

 

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鴻鴻
〈一個人vs.一個國家──祭劉曉波〉

一個人死去
一個國家的夢醒了
.
其實國家沒有睡著
它只是在假裝作夢
它在蚊帳後睜大眼睛
看有誰膽敢作自己的夢
有誰膽敢在夢裡唱自己的歌
有誰膽敢指鹿為鹿、指馬為馬
.
國家沒有睡著
它的收銀機24小時還在數錢
它的戰士24小時在網路上四出偵騎
活埋那些冒出頭來的風信旗
.
國家把自己的病
傳染給那些不寐的肝臟
讓它們無法再排毒
無法再使喚四肢自由行動
國家還把自己的病歷彩繪為詩歌
要求所有被它指認為子民的人
汗流浹背地記誦
.
一如28年前那個炎熱無比的夏天
這個夏天也好像永遠不會結束
一個人死去
那些被洗淨的血
又熱滾滾從廣場上冒出
撲上黑暗的閘門
.
只有重病的國家死去
每一個人才能活著醒來

廖亦武: 搶救劉曉波! Liao Yiwu’s Appeal for Liu Xiaobo

六月 27, 2017

Save Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo!

搶救劉曉波

中國監獄使劉曉波得了絕症。
這一消息轉瞬傳遍了世界。
作為劉曉波和劉霞多年的知交,我在此呼籲:
出於基本人權,西方各國政府首腦,特別是美國、德國、法國、
英國,以及歐盟政府首腦,應該敦促中國政府,盡快讓劉曉波夫婦出國就醫,不,人道搶救。

廖亦武,德國書業和平獎得主

2017年6月26日

Liao Yiwu writes:

“I know, we’re all so concerned with Turkey, Syria or that maniac in the US, and that’s alright, but it’s about to draw some attention back to human rights violations in China. Please. I do know some people personally who are or have been imprisoned in China for no crime but writing on behalf of humanistic endeavours.”

“The news that Liu Xiaobo’s time in a Chinese prison has left him terminally ill has spread across the globe.
Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia have been close friends of mine for decades. As their friend, I hereby call upon the leaders of Western governments, particularly leaders in the US, Germany, France, the UK, and the European Union, to urge the Chinese government to allow Liu Xiaobo and his wife to leave the country to seek medical treatment overseas.
This is a humanitarian imperative.”

Liao Yiwu
2012 Recipient of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade

26 June 2017

LIU XIA. Eine Fotografin aus China.
Vernissage am 10.Februar 2015.
Ausstellungsdauer: 21.Februar – 19.April 2015 m Martin Gropius Bau Berlin.
LIAO YIWU, MARCUS HAGEMANN, MARTIN WINTER

“Dies ist ein Appell an die chinesische Regierung von Herta Müller, Liao Yiwu, Ulrich Schreiber und vielen Freunden. Inzwischen haben auch Elfriede Jelinek, Eva Menasse, Madeleine Thien, Salman Rushdie, Wole Soyinka, Ian McEwan und 100 weitere Autoren aus allen Kontinenten unterzeichnet.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureat Liu Xiaobo has been diagnosed with liver cancer. His wife, Liu Xia, who has been under house arrest for several years, is also gravely ill. They have the wish to travel to Germany so they can receive medical care. Their wish to leave China is so strong that Liu Xiaobo has stated that – if he is to die – he does not want to do so on Chinese soil. Liu Xia also no longer wishes to live there. Time is running. We urge the Chinese government to grant Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia the freedom to leave the country!

Der Friedensnobelpreisträger Liu Xiaobo ist an Leberkrebs erkrankt. Er und seine Frau Liu Xia haben hat den Wunsch geäussert, nach Deutschland auszureisen, um medizinische Hilfe für beide zu bekommen – denn auch Liu Xia, die seit Jahren unter Hausarrest steht, ist schwer erkrankt. Der Wunsch der beiden geht soweit, dass Liu Xiaobo sagt, er möchte – selbst wenn er sterben muss – nicht in China sterben. Und Liu Xia sagt, dass sie nicht länger in China leben möchte. Die Zeit ist knapp. Wir appellieren dringend an die chinesische Regierung: geben sie diesen beiden Menschen die Freiheit, das Land zu verlassen!

强烈呼吁
诺贝尔和平奖得主刘晓波身患肝癌,他和他的夫人刘霞表示希望两个人都能够来德国寻求医疗救治。因为刘霞在长期软禁中也身患重病。他们出国求医的愿望非常坚决,刘晓波表示,如果必死无疑,那也不要死在中国。刘霞表示,再也不愿意在中国生活下去了。目前时间紧迫,我们强烈向中国政府呼吁,给他们自由,让他们离开中国。赫塔.米勒 廖亦武 乌里.赛博

El Premio Nobel de la Paz, Liu Xiaobo, está muy enfermo, tiene cáncer de hígado. Tanto él como su esposa Liu Xia han expresado su deseo de poder viajar a Alemania para obtener ayuda médica para ambos. Xiu Liu, con arresto domiciliario desde muchos anos, también está muy enferma. El deseo de ambos, así lo dijo Liu Xiaobo, es tan fuerte que dice no querer morir en China – si esto es su destino inmediato, y su mujer insiste que no quiere seguir viviendo en China. El tiempo apremia, y por ello pedimos al Gobierno de China: Por favor, conceden la libertad a estas dos personas para que puedan dejar el país.

Le lauréat du prix Nobel de la paix, Liu Xiaobo, est atteint d’un cancer du foie. Lui et son épouse Liu Xia ont émis le vœu de se rendre en Allemagne afin de recevoir des soins médicaux pour les deux. En effet, Liu Xia, qui est en résidence surveillée depuis plusieurs années, est gravement malade. Leur souhait est si profond que Liu Xiaobo dit qu’il ne veut pas — s’il doit décéder — décéder en Chine. Liu Xia quant à elle dit qu’elle ne veut plus vivre en Chine. Le temps est court. Nous en appelons d’urgence au gouvernement chinois: donnez à ces deux personnes la liberté de quitter le pays.

Fredspristagaren Liu Xiaobo är sjuk i levercancer. Tillsammans med sin Liu Xia har han uttryckt önskan om att få resa till Tyskland för att där få den medicinska vård de båda behöver. Också Liu Xia, som sedan många år befinner sig i husarrest, är nämligen svårt sjuk. Liu Xiaobo säger att om han måste dö så vill han inte dö i Kina. Liu Xia säger att hon inte längre vill leva i Kina. Tiden är knapp. Vi appellerar till den kinesiska regeringen att snarast ge dessa två människor friheten att lämna landet.

O ganhador do Prêmio Nobel Liu Xiaobo está com câncer de fígado. Ele e sua Liu Xia manifestaram vontade de viajar para a Alemanha, a fim de obter tratamento médico para ambos. Liu Xia, que está sob prisão domiciliar há anos, também está gravemente doente. A vontade deles, nesse sentido, é tanta que Liu Xiaobo afirma que não deseja morrer na China, mesmo que sua condição seja terminal. E Liu Xia diz que não quer mais viver na China. O tempo é curto. Por isso, dirigimos um apelo urgente às autoridades chinesas: concedam a essas duas pessoas a liberdade para sair do país.”

Liu Xia’s handwritten letter

廖亦武: 眼下,刘晓波夫妇已被严密控制,我不得已公布刘霞的手迹。我还有刘霞向国宝提出出国申请的手迹,暂时不便公布。媒体,以及大伙儿可以此为凭:出国治病是他们最迫切的心愿,劉曉波説死也要死在西方,千真万确!
“I am sick of my life, this grotesque life. I want to tear the version of myself who lives this grotesque life to pieces. I long to escape.
I can hardly believe that Xiaobo agreed to leave China together with me and [my brother] Liu Hui. When he finally learned about it, he was very concerned about my illness.

I am grateful to you and to our friends for everything you’ve been doing and cannot wait to embrace you.

Liu Xia
20 April 2017”

我厭惡我的生活,我的生活很難看,我想撕碎這醜陋生活中的我,我渴望逃離。

沒想到劉曉波同意跟我和劉暉一起離開,在有機會*的時候,他非常擔心我的病。

拜托你和朋友們為我們奔波,我想儘快擁抱你!

LIU XIA

一月 11, 2014

Link to video: Nobel peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo’s wife reads poem from house arrest – videoLiu Xia Article

法蘭克福匯報FAZ劉霞文

Liu Xiaobo worldwide reading

三月 23, 2011

The world-wide reading on March 20 was a big success. In Leipzig, as far as I heard. In Vienna, it was interesting. Instructive. Great experts. Reporters Without Borders. Amnesty International. Writers in Prison, with Helmuth Niederle from the Austrian PEN. Professors from the East Asia departments of Vienna and Bratislava. Poetry. Protesters in China, in prison. Women, peasants, workers. In spirit. In between. Over 90 cities in 33 countries on six continents. At least. Gerhard Ruiss and Bei Ling read in Leipzig. At the book fair.

Herta Müller’s speech on March 20 in Berlin was published in the FAZ on March 26. Very good speech. She has read the biography. Maybe a little too fast. The labour camp didn’t come immediately after the first prison term. He wrote the confession in prison at the end of 1990 and went free in January 1991. Everything else is correct. The episode with his father, who wanted him to give in. And the labour camp. She does take a side, very emphatically. The last sentence is the most important one. “More and more supporters of Charter 08 are disappearing in jail.” Liu Xianbin was sentenced to 10 years a few days ago. Altogether he has been sentenced for more than 25 years since 1989. His most serious crime seems to have been one of the founders of an opposition party at the end of the 1990s.  Liu Xianbin’s wife Chen Mingxian chronicles her life in the last 20 years in this account: http://08charterbbs.blogspot.com/2010/10/blog-post_23.html

There is also a good piece in the NY Times by Geng He, wife of the human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/28/opinion/28geng.html

Teng Biao has disappeared, Ran Yunfei has been detained for a while, and now Liu Xianbin has been sentenced to 10 years, to name but a few. The situation is very clear. No progress, just the opposite.

MuseumsQuartier Wien, Raum D / quartier21 - Photo by Pernille Koldbech Fich

There will be a reading with Bei Ling, poet and publisher, in Vienna at the same location on April 12.

Liu Xiaobo biography events

一月 17, 2011

Liu Xiaobo, the Chinese dissident sentenced to 11 years on Dec.25th 2009 for “inciting subversion“, was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in absentia in Oslo on Dec. 10th, 2010. Liu’s old friend and Independent Chinese PEN co-founder Bei Ling has written a biography of Liu Xiaobo. Bei Ling started off from an essay he wrote in June 1989 in New York, after Liu Xiaobo had been arrested in Beijing in the aftermath of the massacre throughout the city, as People’s Liberation Army troops forced their way through the streets blocked by protesters in the last phase of the demonstrations on Tian’anmen Square. Liu Xiaobo had returned to China from New York and led a hunger strike of intellectuals on the square, supporting the students and Beijing residents in their demands for civil liberties. Bei Ling‘s essay from 1989 was re-published in Chinese in Hongkong and Taiwan in June 2009, and in the German newspaper FAZ on October 12th, 2010, a few days after the Nobel Peace prize announcement from Oslo. Soon after, the German publisher Riva expressed interest in a biography of Liu. Bei Ling had recently written a literary memoir of his years a Beijing underground poet in the 1980s and a literary magazine editor, shuttling between China and foreign countries, in the 1990s. Liu Xiaobo and other old friends such as Liao Yiwu are important figures in Bei Ling’s memoir, to be published by Suhrkamp in Germany this year. So Bei Ling was ready to write his biography of Liu Xiaobo on short notice. It was a crazy idea, but it worked. We worked around the clock in November 2010, and in early December the book hit the shelves. In the first week, from Dec. 9 to 16, it sold 2500 volumes, according to the publisher. Since then, Bei Ling’s biography of Liu Xiaobo has been reviewed in many newspapers, magazines, on TV and radio stations etc. throughout Germany and in neighbouring countries. This month (January 2011), according to the publisher, the book has started to appear on the Spiegel magazine’s bestseller list, the standard list in the German-speaking realm. On January 11th, 2011, a symposion with Bei Ling, Prof. Weigelin-SchwiedrzikProf. Findeisen, Prof. Zhu Jiaming, Dr. Felix Wemheuer and others was held at Vienna University and met with great interest among students and teachers from various faculties. See here …

Liu Xiaobo 劉曉波 discussion at Vienna University 1/11/11, featuring Liu Xiaobo biographer Bei Ling 貝嶺, Prof. Weigelin 魏格林, Prof. Findeisen 馮鐵, Dr. Felix Wemheuer 文浩, Prof. Zhu Jiaming 朱嘉明 and many others. Felix Wemheuer, noted for research into the Great Leap Forward famine, moderated the lively discussion following Bei Ling's lecture.

Liu Xiaobo biographer Bei Ling at Vienna University on Jan. 11th, 2011. Photo: Angelika Burgsteiner

Literature Nobel winner Elfriede Jelinek on Liu Xiaobo and the new biography now out in German

十二月 10, 2010

This is a book about an absent person, who is held in prison; who has won a Nobel Peace prize and is not allowed to collect it: Liu Xiaobo. His old friend Bei Ling writes about him. He draws a many-faceted picture – only a knowledgeable friend can do that. This book is concerned with manifestos, petitions, political actions, but also with self-doubt and guilt, stubbornness and ambition. The author Bei Ling, who was imprisoned himself before, sees his duty in painting a complicated picture of this civil rights activist, with many different shades and colors. Bei Ling knows that he can see Liu Xiaobo only from one side, he can only portray him in profile, not from the front. But even if it is only part of a bigger picture, this part shows us a whole cosmos of courage and repression, of labor camps and life outside watched by security agents, like the life that the wife of this civil rights activist is forced to lead. This book offers a lot of information, but it doesn’t explain everything, because it wants you to keep asking questions. This is why I think everybody should read it.
Elfriede Jelinek, Tr. MW

Read more …

Liu Xiaobo biography published

My essay on Liu Xiaobo and the new biography

Translating the bio

Liu Xiaobo and 1984

Elfriede Jelinek with Bei Ling and translator Martin Winter in Munich


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