Waiting to be arrested at night

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Here is a piercing portrait of life under the most coercive surveillance regime in history. If you took an Uber in Washington DC a few years ago, there’s a chance your driver was one of the greatest living Uyghur poets, and one of only a handful from his minority Muslim community to escape the genocide being visited upon his homeland in western China.A successful filmmaker, innovative poet and prominent intellectual, Tahir Hamut Izgil had long been acquainted with state surveillance and violence, having spent three years in a labour camp on fabricated charges. But in 2017, the Chinese government’s repression of its Uyghur citizens assumed a terrifying new intensity: critics were silenced; conversations became hushed; passports were confiscated; and Uyghurs were forced to provide DNA samples and biometric data.

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A Uyghur poet’s piercing memoir of life under the most coercive surveillance regime in history

‘Essential reading’ AI WEIWEI
‘Deeply courageous’ PHILIPPE SANDS
‘Exceptionally powerful’ JULIA LOVELL

If you took an Uber in Washington DC a few years ago, there’s a chance your driver was one of the greatest living Uyghur poets, and one of only a handful from his minority Muslim community to escape the genocide being visited upon his homeland in western China.

A successful filmmaker, innovative poet and prominent intellectual, Tahir Hamut Izgil had long been acquainted with state surveillance and violence, having spent three years in a labour camp on fabricated charges.

But in 2017, the Chinese government’s repression of its Uyghur citizens assumed a terrifying new intensity: critics were silenced; conversations became hushed; passports were confiscated; and Uyghurs were forced to provide DNA samples and biometric data.

As Izgil’s friends disappeared one by one, it became clear that fleeing the country was his family’s only hope.

Waiting to Be Arrested at Night charts the ongoing destruction of a community and a way of life. It is a call for the world to awaken to a humanitarian catastrophe, an unforgettable story of courage, escape and survival, and a moving tribute to Izgil’s friends and fellow Uyghurs whose voices have been silenced.

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Weight 0.392 kg
Dimensions 22.2 × 14.4 × 2.7 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

176

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

305.8943230092 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K