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Liu Xia

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Liu Xia

Liu Xia (1961- ), Chinese poet, artist, and photographer, was born and grew up in Beijing, and worked as a civil servant for the Beijing tax bureau. She started writing poetry in 1982 and met Liu Xiaobo at a literary gathering. She married Xiaobo when he was imprisoned in 1996. Liu Xia has been under house arrest since her husband was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, while Liu Xiaobo himself is serving the eleven-year sentence in a prison in the northeast China.

Articles by Liu Xia

A Grapefruit
By Liu Xia
I'm holding a big roundgolden grapefruitthat smells bitter.A small knifecan cut through what seemsto be a thick skin—I begin to shiverin quiet pain.A life without painis an unpickedfruit: it…
Translated from Chinese by Ming Di & Jennifer Stern
Multilingual
One Bird and Another
By Liu Xia
Once upon a timewe used to talk about a bird—a bird from nowherebrought us levity  and laughter.One winter night—yesit was a winter night—a birdcame to us while we were soundlysleeping.…
Translated from Chinese by Ming Di & Jennifer Stern
Multilingual
Word
By Liu Xia
In the morning, a wordfrom someone else'sdream peeks at melike a conspiracy.The minute I open my eyesthe word,with an elegant gesture,takes me.The lonely wordis a terminal patient:pain and screaming,possibly…
Translated from Chinese by Ming Di & Jennifer Stern
Multilingual
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