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No Enemies, No Hatred: Selected Essays and Poems

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When the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded on December 10, 2010, its recipient, Liu Xiaobo, was in Jinzhou Prison, serving an eleven-year sentence for what Beijing called incitement to subvert state power. In Oslo, actress Liv Ullmann read a long statement the activist had prepared for his 2009 trial. It read in part: I stand by the convictions I expressed in my June Second Hu ...more
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Published January 2012 by Belknap Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Tony Daniel
Magnificent from start to finish. This is the summation of a life devoted to democracy, human rights, and freedom of speech. Every word Liu writes resonates with my deepest beliefs. Whether Liu is talking about democracy or the latest trends in Chinese fiction, the thought is clear, insightful, and sympathetic. This is the kind of book you ought to have laying around the house to dip into occasionally, like the Bible or Walden. Liu’s Charter 08 is one of the best statement of democratic principl ...more
In 2010, Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in human rights. At the time, he was in prison, and the government of China refused to allow any member of his family to accept the prize on his belief. The last time a recipient of the prize could not at least send a family member to take it was in 1935, when Germany banned the humanitarian Carl von Ossietzsky from receiving his prize in 1935. 'empty chair', 'kōng yǐ', was temporarily banned on major search engines.

Part of the
Dec 16, 2011 Xue rated it it was amazing
I have not finished the entire book yet, but the essays/poems so far have touched me deeply. Liu Xiaobo's writing came through very beautifully, strongly....i can almost not believe that they are translations. This book is a masterpiece - lets the reader see the real China's problems from a real Chinese perspective. As a Chinese, I am sometimes wary of the West's effort to paint a one-sided picture of China...but this book did not give me the feeling that the selection of essays were catered tow ...more
Michael Flick
Feb 04, 2012 Michael Flick rated it liked it
Enemies and contempt galore. Pretty much a middle-school civics lesson--which China desperately needs, unfortunately. A regime that views words as crimes only displays its fragility.
Aug 22, 2014 H added it
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BELLICOSE AND THUGGISH: The Roots of Chinese "Patriotism" at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century (2002)

The "great rejection" idea is upside-down theory in the sense that it begins with a neat formula and then fills in facts to suit it. It says: in politics, reject Western "political hegemony" and oppose "peaceful evolution" in a pro-West direction. In military affairs, prepare for confrontation with American "military hegemony," an call for a multipolar international order. In economics, preven
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Oct 14, 2012 Mircalla64 (free Liu Xiaobo) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cina

i cinesi non sono tutti rassegnati al regime che ha soffocato nel sangue la loro richiesta di democrazia,
Lui Xiaobo è un lucido analista della situazione cinese e un teorico colto del processo di cambiamento che parte dal basso,
"quando si comincia a ridere di un regime, i suoi giorni sono contati"
e si ride anche quando ci parla apertamente di quello che pensa di alcuni famosi scrittori cinesi...
imprescindibile per conoscere il pensiero dei cinesi che non si son rassegnati e che lot
Jul 14, 2012 Ron added it
An excellent collection of prose and poetry, first time in English, by the Chinese dissident who was given an eleven-year prison term in December 2009 and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010. The editors have organized twenty years of Liu's work under rather innocuous thematic headings, but the better way to read the book is to spend an hour numbering the 40-some pieces in their chronological order and then reading in that sequence in order to watch Liu's thoughts develop over the two decades cove ...more
Before finding this book at the library, I had no idea who Liu Xiaobo was. I found it in the Asian poetry section. While not entirely incorrect, it probably would fit in better in an Asian politics or history section.

No Enemies, No Hatred is a collection of essays, poems, articles, and other documents written by, or relating to Liu. The vast majority of the book consists of his essays and articles, followed by the documents, with the poems spread between the three.

This is an excellent book. It
Willy Schuyesmans
In 2010 kreeg Liu Xiaobo de Nobelprijs voor de Vrede uitgereikt, of beter: niet uitgereikt. Hij zat in China in de gevangenis omdat hij zijn mening had gezegd. China had overigens officieel geprotesteerd tegen de toekenning van de Nobelprijs aan een 'misdadiger'. Toen dat niet hielp, besliste de partijleiding de hele prijs dood te zwijgen. Buitenlandse pers, tv-zenders, internet zelfs werden aan banden gelegd van zogauw ze nog maar het woord 'Nobelprijs' of 'Liu Xiaobo' in de mond of in de pen n ...more
Sep 18, 2013 Kai rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This anthology is a perfect reader for westerners who want to get some first-hand information about the 2010 Nobel peace laureate. The fact that the editors got Václav Havel to write a short preface, and the purposeful naming of the Charta 08 (referring to the earlier Czechoslovak Charta 77) strengthen the impression of comparable situations in past-Prague Spring Czechoslovakia and past-Tiananmen-massacre China: both countries had signed international human rights treaties yet they severely pers ...more
No Enemies, No Hatred by Liu Xiaobo is a collection of powerful essays and poems by one of China's most important democracy advocates today. In this collection he castigates the Chinese political system for failing to abide by its own constitutional guarantees of human rights and in Charter 08, calls for a democratisation of China with free elections, freedom of the press, freedom of expression, and all the human rights we take for granted in the West.

Further essays expose the cultural and natio
Larry Kunz
Jan 31, 2014 Larry Kunz rated it it was amazing
Excellent insights into the social and political realities of modern China. These essays and poems from Liu Xiaobo, the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner who wasn't allowed to accept his award, provide a rich sampling of his pragmatic, deeply held views. I had no trouble grasping the references to Chinese history and culture, even though my knowledge of them is far from extensive, because the translators included brief explanations where needed. Although Liu employs a very direct writing style and d ...more
Oct 07, 2012 Joe rated it it was amazing
It's one thing to write critical essays about culture and government, with courage to speak the truth without restraint, and to do so with uncompromising integrity. It is quite another feat to do so in China, and to continue undeterred in spite of being imprisoned several times. After reading several of the essays in this book, keeping in mind the political context in which Liu Xiaobo has written them was an inspiring experience for me. He is certainly one of those rare human beings who will not ...more
Jason Lundberg
This collection contains some of the most powerful, compelling, and brave political writing I have ever read. Liu's tenacity and determination to the cause of human rights in China is awe-inspiring. Anyone who wants a clear picture of the culture and politics of China's Communist Party, and its brutal commitment to its stranglehold on power, would be well-advised to read these essays. Liu's poetry in this volume serve as both counterpoint and palate cleanser, and lend an enduring sense of humani ...more
Jun 20, 2012 John rated it really liked it
An awesome book about the fate of modern China, which discusses the growing Rights Defense Movement and the societal changes catalyzed by the Internet. The guy who wrote it is currently serving an 11-year prison sentence, so it must have struck a nerve. If you are at all interested in China or modern social activism, you should check it out. The articles on Chinese internet culture (as opposed to the diatribes against the Communist Party) are particularly fascinating.
Mar 28, 2012 Cecilia rated it it was amazing
Please join to work together and lobby for Liu Xiaobo's release! Thank you. It is a ridiculous situation that the 1st Chinese Nobel Peace laureate should be treated in such an atrocious way by the communist dictatorship. :( (CC)
May 25, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
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A strong collection of essays advocating fundamental human rights and a strong account for classical liberalism in China.
Apr 11, 2012 Raven rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the span of Liu's interests and modes of expressions, from far-reaching human rights to intimate poems to his wife.
Mar 19, 2012 Peter marked it as to-read
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Liu was born in Changchun, Jilin, in 1955 to an intellectual family. In 1977, Liu was admitted to the Department of Chinese Literature at Jilin University, where he created a poetry group known as "The Babies' Hearts" (Chi Zi Xin) with six schoolmates. He graduated with a B.A. in 1982, went on to study for an M.A. and a PhD degree from Beijing Normal University.
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