'Smuggled' poems by jailed Chinese-Swedish bookseller published
The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Sunday, July 21, 2024

'Smuggled' poems by jailed Chinese-Swedish bookseller published
In this file photo taken on January 19, 2016, placards showing missing bookseller Lee Bo (L) and his associate Gui Minhai (R) are seen left by members of the Civic party outside the China liaison office in Hong Kong. A Chinese court has sentenced Swedish book publisher Gui Minhai to 10 years in prison on charges of illegally providing intelligence abroad in a case that has rattled relations between Beijing and Stockholm. The court in the eastern city of Ningbo said Gui was convicted on February 24, 2020 and that he had his Chinese citizenship reinstated in 2018, but it was not immediately clear if he had given up his Swedish nationality. Philippe LOPEZ / AFP.

STOCKHOLM (AFP).- A Swedish publisher has released a collection of poetry written by Chinese-Swedish bookseller Gui Minhai and "smuggled" out of China where he is currently incarcerated.

The 11 poems, written in Chinese and translated to Swedish, focus on the author's vision of Sweden, covering Norse myths, Swedish people and traditions as well as his reflections on life in prison.

"Some of the poems have been published in both Swedish and international newspapers a year ago or so. But this is the first time the complete collection of prison poems is made available," Martin Kaunitz of Stockholm-based publisher Kaunitz-Olsson told AFP on Wednesday.

Entitled "I draw a door on the wall with my finger," the collection was published on Gui's 56th birthday, May 5, and is prefaced by his daughter Angela Gui, who has actively campaigned for her father's release.

Kaunitz said Gui Minhai "memorised" the poems while in prison and "when he was released for a short while, he wrote them down and smuggled them out to his daughter".

Gui, one of five Hong Kong-based booksellers known for publishing salacious titles about China's political leaders, has been at the centre of diplomatic tensions between Stockholm and Beijing.

Gui Minhai disappeared from a vacation home in Thailand in 2015. Several months later, he appeared on Chinese state television confessing to a fatal drunk driving accident from more than a decade earlier.

Chinese authorities said they released him in October 2017, but according to his daughter, he was then placed under house arrest in the eastern Chinese city of Ningbo.

He was again arrested in early 2018 on a train in China, accompanied by Swedish diplomats.

In February of this year a Ningbo court convicted him of illegally providing intelligence abroad and sentenced him to 10 years in prison.

Gui became a Swedish citizen in 1992 after moving to the Nordic country in 1988, but the Chinese court claimed he had also voluntarily reinstated his Chinese citizenship in 2018.

China does not recognise dual citizenship, but Sweden has maintained that Gui remains a Swedish citizen, and demanded access to him in prison.

Today's News

May 7, 2020

Jan David Winitz Examines Antique Rugs from the Caucasus Mountains

After racism claims, Boston museum creates diversity fund

Florian Schneider, co-founder of Germany's iconic Kraftwerk, dead at 73

Over 100 arrests in global crackdown on artefacts trade

Artcurial announces highlights included in its prestigious sale devoted to Old Master & 19th Century Art

The Artist's Room, an ode to seclusion and creativity now online at Ordovas

Mónica Ramírez-Montagut appointed Director of Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University

Hauser & Wirth presents online exhibition Nicolas Party. Canopy

Cathie Pilkington RA elected new Keeper of the Royal Academy

Sperone Westwater opens an online-only exhibition of works by Kim Dingle

Russian arts minister tests positive for coronavirus

Kohn Gallery presents Frieze New York Online Viewing Room 2020

Metropolitan Opera, facing sharp losses, furloughs dozens

Moving image art platform makes your screen a destination for art

Vienna Secession streaming online Sophie Thun's Stolberggasse

The Gropius Bau will reopen to visitors on Monday, 11 May 2020

'Smuggled' poems by jailed Chinese-Swedish bookseller published

National Football Museum to create first ever fan memory bank during lockdown

Frank Frazetta's painting, Bernie Wrightson original art boost Heritage auction above $9 million

Where dance fans can escape from our 'sci-fi horror' moment

Ewbank's to offer unique 3.2m square Game of Thrones piece commissioned by HBO to promote TV series

Pulitzer and Sam Fox School announces ASAP Fund to support creative workers impacted by COVID-19

Important early film by "the mother of all feminist artists" Mary Kelly donated to Brighton Art Gallery

The 1918 pandemic's impact on music? Surprisingly little

10 College Art Museums That Can Really Impress

What documents do you need to file bankruptcy?

The best speakers to listen to music like never before

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Writer: Ofelia Zurbia Betancourt

Truck Accident Attorneys
Accident Attorneys

Royalville Communications, Inc

ignaciovillarreal.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site Parroquia Natividad del Señor
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful