How I Survived A Chinese 'Re-education' Camp : A Uyghur Woman's Story - Gulbahar Haitiwaji

How I Survived A Chinese 'Re-education' Camp

A Uyghur Woman's Story

By: Gulbahar Haitiwaji, Rozenn Morgat, Edward Gauvin (Translator)

Hardcover | 3 January 2022

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'Intimate, highly sensory' - Daily Telegraph

'Indispensable' - Sunday Times

'Harrowing' - New Statesman


THE FIRST MEMOIR ABOUT THE 'RE-EDUCATION' CAMPS BY A UYGHUR WOMAN

For three years, Gulbahar Haitiwaji disappeared into a secret network of jails.

Now, she is the first female Uyghur survivor to give a connected and revealing account of life inside China's brainwashing 're-education' camps. Her account reads like a modern version of 1984. It tells the story of a woman confronted by an all-powerful state bent on crushing her spirit - and her struggle for freedom and dignity.

This rare portrait of China's gulag is visceral and internationally important.

'An intimate, highly sensory self-portrait... of an educated woman passing through a system that appears at turns cruel, paranoid, capricious and devastatingly effective.' - Daily Telegraph

'Gulbahar's memoir is an indispensable account, which makes vivid the stench of fearful sweat in the cells, the newly built prison's permanent reek of white paint. It closely corresponds with other witness statements... Most impressive is her psychological honesty.' - Sunday Times

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'Gulbahar's memoir is an indispensable account, which makes vivid the stench of fearful sweat in the cells, the newly built prison's permanent reek of white pain. It closely corresponds with other witness statements' - Sunday Times

'Although [the camps'] existence has been well documented abroad and grudgingly admitted by the Chinese state, relatively few first-hand accounts of what actually goes on inside them have emerged. One is Gulbahar Haitiwaji's moving and devastating How I Survived a Chinese 'Re-education' Camp' - The Literary Review

'An intimate, highly sensory self-portrait, created with the help of Rozenn Morgat (a journalist with Le Figaro), of an educated woman passing through a system that appears at turns cruel, paranoid, capricious and devastatingly effective.' - Sunday Telegraph (Five Stars)

'Gulbahar's memoir is an indispensable account, which makes vivid the stench of fearful sweat in the cells, the newly built prison's permanent reek of white pain. It closely corresponds with other witness statements, giving every indication of being very reliable. Most impressive is her psychological honesty.' - John Phipps, Sunday Times

'Huge efforts have been made to obfuscate the realities of life in the camps (even speaking openly in Xinjiang about them can lead to incarceration). Although their existence has been well documented abroad and grudgingly admitted by the Chinese state, relatively few first-hand accounts of what actually goes on inside them have emerged. One is Gulbahar Haitiwaji's moving and devastating How I Survived a Chinese 'Re-education' Camp.' - Roderic Wye, Literary Review

'There follows an intimate, highly sensory self-portrait, created with the help of Rozenn Morgat (a journalist with Le Figaro), of an educated woman passing through a system that appears at turns cruel, paranoid, capricious and devastatingly effective. It begins with the confiscation of Haitiwaji's passport and a police interrogation during which she is shown a photograph of her daughter attending a Uyghur demonstration in Paris. One of the interrogators starts bawling at her - "Your daughter's a terrorist!" and before long Haitiwaji is plunged into a bewildering world of shackles, bunks and beaten-earth floors; grey gruel and stale bread served up by deaf-mute cooks selected for their silence; the sounds and smells of the communal toilet-bucket; and the buzz of security camera motors as they scan the cell.' ***** - Christopher Harding, Sunday Telegraph

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