The Interview

Liao Yiwu, Exiled Chinese writer and poet

When tanks rolled into Beijing on June 3, 1989 on the way to a bloody crackdown on Tiananmen Square, Liao Yiwu was at home in Sichuan province. Shocked by news of the tragedy, in which hundreds died, he wrote a long poem that night, entitled "Massacre". The work earned Liao a four-year prison sentence; four years during which Liao listened to the stories of fellow prisoners. A fierce critic of the Communist Party - most of his works remain banned in China - he now lives in exile in Germany.