Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Zhao Ziyang

Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Zhao Ziyang

作者:Pu, Bao (EDT)/ Chiang, Renee (EDT)/ Ignatius, Adi (EDT)/ MacFarquhar, Roderick (FRW), 出版社: , 出版日期:2009-05-19

商品條碼:9781439149386, ISBN:1439149380
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Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Zhao Ziyang

  趙紫陽的死,比他在世時更具危險性。----時代雜誌

  「六月三日夜,我正同家人在院子裡乘涼,聽到街上有密集的槍聲。一場舉世震驚的悲劇終於未能避免地發生了。」

  趙紫陽,一個被軟禁的時間比主政時期長的悲劇人物,在人生的最後幾年,他沒有放棄對中國政經體制與「六四」天安門事件的發言權,在老部屬杜導正等人的協助下,於二○○○年左右,以京劇與兒歌錄音帶,祕密錄製至少三十六卷錄音帶,留下逾三十小時的珍貴錄音。趙紫陽以鉛筆標記編號後,分頭交由數人帶出。此事連其家人也僅有耳聞,直到二○○五年趙紫陽過世後,才在孫子玩具堆中找到整套的原版錄音帶。趙紫陽祕書鮑彤之子鮑樸花了兩年時間蒐集錄音帶,終使完整內容於二○○九年出版。

  做為鄧小平時代改革開放的代表人物,趙紫陽對於社會主義路線當時已有許多質疑,不管是「六四」事件,對民主與法制的省思,對同時期亞洲四小龍包括臺灣的經濟奇蹟,更充滿欽羨與肯定。趙紫陽個人的心路歷程,記錄了社會主義中國如何面對統治危機與經濟困境,特別是二十年前「六四」決定武力鎮壓的始末,以及發展市場經濟的激烈鬥爭,也是中共高層至今,最誠懇面對歷史的回憶錄。

本書中文版由時報出版

  How often can you peek behind the curtains of one of the most secretive governments in the world? Prisoner of the State is the first book to give readers a front row seat to the secret inner workings of China’s government. It is the story of Premier Zhao Ziyang, the man who brought liberal change to that nation and who, at the height of the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, tried to stop the massacre and was dethroned for his efforts.

  When China’s army moved in, killing hundreds of students and other demonstrators, Zhao was placed under house arrest at his home on a quiet alley in Beijing. China’s most promising change agent had been disgraced, along with the policies he stood for. The premier spent the last sixteen years of his life, up until his death in 2005, in seclusion. An occasional detail about his life would slip out: reports of a golf excursion, a photo of his aging visage, a leaked letter to China’s leaders. But China scholars often lamented that Zhao never had his final say.

  As it turns out, Zhao did produce a memoir in complete secrecy. He methodically recorded his thoughts and recollections on what had happened behind the scenes during many of modern China’s most critical moments. The tapes he produced were smuggled out of the country and form the basis for Prisoner of the State. In this audio journal, Zhao provides intimate details about the Tiananmen crackdown; he describes the ploys and double crosses China’s top leaders use to gain advantage over one another; and he talks of the necessity for China to adopt democracy in order to achieve long-term stability.

  The China that Zhao portrays is not some long-lost dynasty. It is today’s China, where the nation’s leaders accept economic freedom but continue to resist political change. If Zhao had survivedthat is, if the hard-line had prevailed during Tiananmen might have been able to steer China’s political system toward more openness and tolerance. Zhao’s call to begin lifting the Party’s control over China’s life let a little freedom into the public square’s remarkable coming from a man who had once dominated that square. Although Zhao now speaks from the grave in this moving and riveting memoir, his voice has the moral power to make China sit up and listen.

ZHAO AT TIANANMEN BEFORE THE MASSACRE

  I was trying to persuade them to end the hunger strike . . . I felt it was a waste for these young students to end their lives like this. [The students could not] imagine the treatment in store for them.

ZHAO ON EVADING HIS JAILERS

  After I played at Chang Ping Golf Course, the news was released . . . Both Jiang Zemin and Li Peng became extremely anxious. They condemned the decision and began an investigation to find out who had allowed me to go out to play golf.

ZHAO ON HOW CHINA MUST CHANGE

  Not only should [China] implement a market economy, it must also adopt a parliamentary democracy as its political system.

作/編者簡介

趙紫陽 (Zhao Ziyang)

  原名趙修業,一九一九年出生河南滑縣地主家庭,十三歲時加入共青團,高中時開始以趙紫陽為名。因農民運動有成開始在中國共產黨內崛起,四十六歲當上廣東省委第一書記,創下最年輕紀錄。文革時期遭批鬥,一度下放勞改。一九七五年主政四川,因農村經濟改革有成,當時有「要吃糧,找紫陽」順口溜,聲望逐步升高,受鄧小平重用,並於一九八○至八七年擔任中國國務院總理,一九八七至八九年擔任中共中央總書記,「六四」天安門事件同情學生,遭軟禁十六年,於二○○五年過世,享年八十五歲。

鮑樸 (BAO PU)
  趙紫陽生前祕書鮑彤之子,於香港成立新世紀出版社。

  BAO PU, a political commentator and veteran human rights activist, is a publisher and editor of New Century Press in Hong Kong.

  RENEE CHIANG is a publisher and the English editor of New Century Press in Hong Kong. As a teacher in Beijing in 1989, she was an eyewitness to the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

  ADI IGNATIUS is an American journalist who covered China for The Wall Street Journal during the Zhao Ziyang era. He most recently served as Time magazine’s deputy managing editor.

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