The reading took place on the closing day of the Taipei International Book Exhibition, featuring recitals of poems by Liu and his wife, Liu Xia (劉霞), by Chinese writers Mo Zhixu (莫之許), Meng Lang (孟浪), Bei Ling (貝嶺) and others. The collection includes the works of 191 people written after news emerged of Liu Xiaobo’s diagnosis in June last year of terminal-stage cancer. The highlight of the event was the screening of a video featuring Liu Xia reciting her own poems at her home in Beijing, where she has been under house arrest for years. “[Liu] Xiaobo once told me that the most unfortunate person is not the prisoner of conscience himself, because he is on the side of the truth. The organizer also showed videos and audio clips featuring Nobel laureates for literature Herta Muller and Elfriede Jelinek reading the German versions of some of Liu Xiaobo’s and Liu Xia’s poems.
Source: Taipei Times February 11, 2018 15:56 UTC