Bitter Winds : A Memoir of My Years in China’s Gulag
Bitter Winds : A Memoir of My Years in China’s Gulag. Harry Wu.
Bitter Winds, Indeed…. April 20, 2000
Returning in 1994 from China as a Fulbright Scholar, I could not shake China off. It has become part of my consciousness forever. After writing an essay on classical and modern Chinese literature, with Confucius, Tu Fu, Lu Xun, Lu Wenfu, and other classical and modern writers fresh in my mind, I reread the writings of Fang Lizhi and continued to struggle to understand my experience in China. Appalled by the injustices of a political system that could imprison and destroy so many members of its own culture, from all walks of life, I then read in November of 1994 Harry Wu’s Bitter Winds: A Memoir of My Years in China’s Gulag…..
Now available in
The Myth of the Enlightenment: Essays
Forthcoming, September, 2014.
My epic poem, The Parliament of Poets, is partly set in China, at Dunhuang, in the Mogao Caves, Chang-an, at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and on Taishan. Many Chinese poets and sages are characters, on Earth and on the Moon… including Du Fu, Bai Juyi, Li Po, Sun Wukong, and others.
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