He spent five years and a month in jail in China, deprived of drinking water for days and of heat in his cell in minus-30 winter weather.
When his case became an international cause célèbre, his wife was detained for 28 days and prohibited from travelling for a year. She eventually escaped to Toronto with their daughter in 2004.
Upon his release in 2006, he was kept under surveillance and banned from travel for three years. He came to Toronto early this year.
Jiang Weiping, 54, sat down Monday and summarized the 500,000-word account he has just finished in Mandarin. His wife Stella Lee, 52, with whom I’ve had several dealings in the last five years through PEN Canada, the writers’ group, completed telling hers Thursday.
She speaks English. He hopes to. So his long interviews had to be translated.
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