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Award ceremony: The Peace Prize of the German Book Trade 2012 goes to Liao Yiwu
The Peace Prize of the German Book Trade 2012, awarded at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair goes to the Chinese writer Liao Yiwu, who is living in Berlin at the invitation of the Artists-in-Berlin Program of the DAAD.
We would like to extend our warmest congratulations!

The Board of Trustees reasons as follows: “The German Publishers and Booksellers Association is awarding its 2012 Prize to Liao Yiwu. In doing so, the association and its members have chosen to honor a Chinese author who continues to wage an eloquent and fearless battle against political repression and who lends a clear and unmistakable voice to the downtrodden and disenfranchised of his country. In his prose and poetry, Liao Yiwu erects an evocative literary monument to those people living on the margins of Chinese society. The author, who has experienced first-hand the effects of prison, torture and repression, is an unwavering chronicler and observer who bears witness on behalf of the outcasts of modern China.”

Photo: Krzysztof Zielinski

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