Bullets and Opium: Real-Life Stories of China After the Tiananmen Square Massacre

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Atria/One Signal Publishers
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5.3 X 0.9 X 8.0 inches | 0.65 pounds
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About the Author

Liao Yiwu is a writer, musician, and poet from Sichaun, China. He is the author of The Corpse Walker, God Is Red, and For a Song and a Hundred Songs, a memoir of the four years he spent in prison after the Tiananmen Square Massacre. His work has been published in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, and Sweden. He has received numerous awards, including the prestigious 2012 Peace Prize awarded by the German Book Trade and the Disturbing the Peace Award given by the VΓ‘clav Havel Library Foundation. Liao escaped from China in July 2011 and currently lives in Berlin, Germany.


"Moving... a memorable series of portraits of the working-class people who defended Tiananmen Square." --New York Review of Books
"Liao shows that it was working-class Beijingers who made the supreme sacrifice" --The New York Times
"A series of harrowing, unforgettable tales...Had [Liao Yiwu] not fled the country in 2011, they may never have emerged. An indispensable historical document." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Liao Yiwu's searing account of what happened in Beijing on June 4, 1989, and its lasting impact, doggedly collected from witnesses, demands attention." --South China Morning Post
"This captivating work is essential for readers interested in China's recent history." --Library Journal (starred)