The Courage to Stand Alone: Letters from Prison and Other Writings

The Courage to Stand Alone: Letters from Prison and Other Writings


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The Courage to Stand Alone: Letters from Prison and Other Writings by Wei Jingsheng, Wei Jingsbeng

Internationally recognized as a major publishing event, The Courage to Stand Alone is a collection of prison writings from the world's most famous political prisoner. Wei Jingsheng, who has spent nearly two decades in prison for "counterrevolutionary" activities, confirms his status as a symbol for Chinese democracy, as he eloquently and fearlessly confronts a regime that not only fails to protect basic human rights but actively violates them. Devoid of ideological rant, the letters to Deng Xiaoping and other officials capture the verve, intelligence, audacity, and mordant humor of a man obstinately struggling to bring freedom to the world's most populous country. Also included are touching letters to his family, excerpts of his groundbreaking political essays, and his moving defense statement at trial.

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ISBN-13: 9780140275353
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/1998
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.11(w) x 7.77(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Wei Jingsheng, a former Red Guard, was working as an electrician at the Beijing Zoo in 1978 when he became a leader in the Democracy Wall movement. An outspoken critic of government policy and advocate of individual rights since then, he was imprisoned in China from 1979 to 1993. Rearrested and imprisoned again in early 1994, he is now serving a fourteen-year sentence. In 1996 he won the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

What People are Saying About This

Fang Lizhi

"Wein Jingsheng is China's most celebrated figher for human rights. His courage and spirit encouraged a generation of activists in their struggle for basic rights and freedom in China, and his book will be an important doucment of China's pro-democracy movement."

Arthur Miller

Wei speaks for all of us in his insistence, at the risk of his life, that truth is not a trivial, dispensable, disposable thing.

Simon Leys

"The historic testimony of Wei Jingsheng stands as a permanent reminder to the world's conscience; for the Chinese, democracy is not a cultural irrelevance or an exotic import -- it is their only future, which sould also be the common concern of mankind."

Orville Schell

"In a society where self-censorship has been the norm, almost alone Wei has continued to speak out against the suppression of free expression with lucidity and forthrightness. Even the full weight of the Party's persecutory powers and a decade and a half in prisonhave failed to silence this distinctive voice of conscience."

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