Bitter winds : a memoir of my years in China's Gulag
Harry Wu and Carolyn Wakeman
New York [etc.] : J. Wiley, 1994
VIII, 290 p. : photogr. ; 25 cm
On April 27, 1960, Harry Wu, a senior at Beijing's Geology Institute, was arrested by Chinese authorities and, without ever being formally charged or tried, spent the next nineteen years in hellish prison labour camps. Exiled to the bitter desolation of this extensive gulag, he was transformed from a member of China's privileged intellectual elite into a pariah, a faceless cipher denied even the most basic human rights. He was subjected to grinding labour, systematic starvation, and torture, yet he refused to give up his passionate hold on life.