The Barefoot Lawyer : The Remarkable Memoir of China's Bravest Political Activist Paperback
It was like a scene out of a thriller: one morning in April 2012, China's most famous political activist-a blind, self-taught lawyer-climbed over the wall of his heavily guarded home and escaped.
For days, his whereabouts remained unknown; after he turned up at the American embassy in Beijing, a furious round of high-level negotiations finally led to his release and a new life in the United States.
Chen Guangcheng is a unique figure on the world stage, but his story is even more remarkable than we knew.
The son of a poor farmer in rural China, blinded by illness when he was an infant, Chen was fortunate to survive a difficult childhood.
But despite his disability, he was determined to educate himself and fight for the rights of his country's poor, especially a legion of women who had endured forced sterilizations under the hated 'one child' policy.
Repeatedly harassed, beaten, and imprisoned by Chinese authorities, Chen was ultimately placed under house arrest.
After a year of fruitless protest and increasing danger, he evaded his captors and fled to freedom. Both a riveting memoir and a revealing portrait of modern China, this passionate book tells the story of a man who has never accepted limits and always believed in the power of the human spirit to overcome any obstacle.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 05/05/2016
- Category: Memoirs
- ISBN: 9781447268826