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No. 13 Yu Zhang: Case No. 1 (1947): Wang Shiwei, Dismembered on CPC Anniversary

From Wang Shiwei to Liu Xiaobo: Prisoners of Literary Inquisition under Communist Rule in China

Wang Shiwei

Wang Shiwei (Wang Shih-wei, born Wang Siwei, April 5, 1906 – July 1, 1947), a writer, translator and commentator, was executed in secret as a “counterrevolutionary Trotskyite spy”on the 26th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China.


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No. 13 Yu ZHANG: Sixty-four Years of Literary Inquisition Surpasses Two Millennia

–Author’s Preface

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In Chinese dictionaries published since the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1949, the definition of Literary Inquisition is restricted to “the rulers of olden times”; at the very least, it is a relic of the past, occurring no more recently than a century ago, mainly during the Ming and Qing dynasties. In the Mandarin Dictionary published by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of China (ROC, Taiwan), Literary Inquisition is defined as occurring in the “era of absolute monarchy”, precluding its existence in the Republic era. A revised edition has amended the definition to read, “During the autocratic era, criminal cases arising from the written word”. This last definition is the common usage adopted by contemporary Chinese literature, and also for this book.

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No. 13 TIENCHI MARTIN-LIAO: Shocking Stories of Life and Death

–Publisher’s Afterword

From Wang Shiwei to Liu Xiaobo: Prisoners of Literary Inquisition under Communist Rule in China

Wenziyu-coverThis shocking book of life and death depicts a floating world of personal tragedy, conscience gone adrift, the loss of reason, a people’s shame and a nation’s fall. Continue reading