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“Liu Xiaobo, the jailed Chinese dissident who received the…



Liu Xiaobo, the jailed Chinese dissident who received the Nobel Peace Prize for his writings promoting democracy, has been moved from prison to be treated for late-stage cancer, one of his lawyers said on Monday. Mr. Liu, who had been imprisoned in northeast China, was found in late May to have advanced liver cancer and was hospitalized soon after, said the lawyer, Shang Baojun, citing Mr. Liu’s relatives. Mr. Shang said the outlook for Mr. Liu appeared grim.”

For more, see Chris Buckley and Austin Ramzy, “Liu Xiaobo, Chinese Nobel Laureate, Leaves Prison for Cancer Care,” The New York Times (26 June 2017)

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“QIAN ZHONGSHU is a tougher Nobel pitch than some of the other authors profiled in this series. He’s…”

“QIAN ZHONGSHU is a tougher Nobel pitch than some of the other authors profiled in this series. He’s dead, for starters — traditionally an obstacle to many things, including winning Nobel prizes — and his total creative output consists solely of a few essays, several short stories, and a single novel. On the other hand, that novel, Fortress Besieged, seems to me to be the high-water mark of something significant, if hard to explain, so I’m going to make my best case for it being enough to secure Qian’s place in history.”

- For more, see Brendan O’Kane, “A Monument to What Might Have Been: Qian Zhongshu’s ‘Fortress Beseiged’” in LARB (13 Oct 2013)