Prison Of The Mind

Review of Liao Yiwu’s “extraordinary” prison memoir, For A Song And A Hundred Songs. Liao’s offence was to write and perform a poem mourning the dead of Tiananmen. “Liao is a literary man, and this actually makes his prison memoir even more compelling. He is ruthlessly candid about his weaknesses, and his fears.” Much harrowing detail of torture, violence, hardship. “One ravenous inmate caught a rat, skinned it alive, and ate it raw” (3,200 words)

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