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This is an auction for BITTER WINDS: A MEMOIR OF MY YEARS IN CHINA'S GULAG, by Harry Wu.

"In this eloquent memoir Wu recalls his 19 years in Chinese labour camps. He was initially a patriotic Communist but he soon ran afoul of the thought police. Hoping to flee the country in 1959, he was denounced as an "enemy of the revolution." The book focuses primarily on Wu's first decade as a prisoner struggling against starvation, seeing others succumb and learning a brutal survival ethic from fellow inmates. It is an intimate story of bravery and tragedy, including details about hallucinations, torture and the loss of comrades. The Cultural Revolution led to Wu's transfer to a mine, where he stayed for 10 years. There, he began to carve out a life, marrying a woman who later betrayed him. Six years after his release in 1979, he left for the US, where he is now a resident scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. An epilogue briefly describes Wu's continuing heroism: in 1991, he returned to China and surreptitiously filmed labour camps for the TV program 60 Minutes."
- Publishers Weekly (US) review:

"FIVE STARS!!! Bitter Winds is Harry Wu's story of his 19 years in the Chinese government's slave labour camps for political dissidents and common criminals. Committed without trial, charges or sentence, Harry survived years of political indoctrination, forced labour, beatings, the brutality of fellow prisoners, cold, and starvation. His crimes were his status as a member of the pre-revolutionary Chinese middle class and his criticism of the Communist Party. The difference between the terror suffered by Harry and the Stalinist death camps is that China's concentration camps continue to this day."

Large format (trade) paperback 1994.

290 pages + photographs.

Good condition.

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