Fred Hiatt's Novel Nine Days is Inspired by Daughter of Imprisoned Chinese Activist
April 12, 2013
“Fiction gives us a way to think about people who will never make front page news,” stated Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt at a discussion at Freedom House of his new novel Nine Days. Hiatt’s novel was inspired by the otherwise little known story of Ti-Anna Wang, daughter of imprisoned pro-democracy advocate Wang Bingzhang, who was abducted in 2002 at the China-Vietnam border, beaten, and later sentenced by a Chinese court to life in prison on charges of terrorism and espionage. More than ten years later he is still held in solitary confinement. "Nothing would make me happier than if Ti-Anna and I would have to rewrite our afterwords because her father has come home. That might not be an ending that anyone would believe in a novel, but as we all know, historical truth can be stranger than fiction," stated Hiatt, who was joined in the discussion by Ti-Anna.