Some time ago, I wrote that it was unfortunate that we had no access to the writings of this year’s imprisoned Nobel peace prize winner, Liu Xiaobo. All writers, after all, would rather be known for their writings rather than their persecution.
Now it’s official that the prestigious Graywolf Press will be publishing a bilingual edition of the Chinese writer’s June Fourth Elegies. The book will be out in 2012. The title of his book, which of course has not come out in China, refers to the June 4, 1989, suppression of pro-democracy demonstrations at Tiananmen Square.
That’s not all. Harvard University Press (also prestigious) will publish a selection of works by the Chinese dissident, also next year. The untitled anthology will contain poetry, essays, and social commentary.
The academic press has enlisted UC-Riverside’s Perry Link to direct a translation team. Said Link: “Until he won the Nobel Peace Prize, Liu Xiaobo was little known in the West. This collection offers to the reader of English the full range of his astute and penetrating analyses of culture, politics, and society in China today.”