by Campbell Geeslin
“When I find books that I love, I feel the author is writing for me alone, and feel a private joy.” The quote is from Liu Xia, the wife of imprisoned Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo. He has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for “inciting subversion of state power.” Ms. Liu is living under house arrest in Beijing.
Another quote from one of her letters to a friend: “My reading has no specific goal, for me it’s rather like breathing—I have to do it in order to live.”
A translation of the letter was sent to The New York Times by Perry Link, a professor at the University of California, Riverside. Ms. Liu described herself as “feeding on books.”