Ha Jin


Added on March 16, 2015

Waiting Ha Jin Pantheon, New York, 1999 Ha Jin was going to school on a scholarship at Brandeis University in Massachusetts during the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989. The Chinese Government’s widespread use of violence and repression to put down this protest hastened Jin’s emigration plans and shaped his choice to write in English. He [...]

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Ocean of Words

Added on April 4, 2013

Ocean of Words Ha Jin Vintage International, New York, 1998 Ocean of Words was originally published in 1996 by the American company Zoland Press. The true first edition is the Zoland paperback original. They did put out a hardcover edition, but only after the collection of short stories won the 1997 Pen/Hemingway Award. Many people [...]

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A Free Life

Added on June 15, 2011

A Free Life Ha Jin Pantheon, New York, 2007 This novel represents a major shift in Jin’s writing style from his earlier work. Publishers Weekly calls it Jin’s first American novel. All his previous fiction takes place in China, whereas this one takes place in the United States. A Free Life follows one Chinese immigrant’s [...]

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War Trash

Added on October 16, 2010

War Trash Ha Jin Pantheon Books, New York, 2004 War Trash is a novel about a Chinese¬†soldier¬†with the People’s Volunteer Army fighting for the Communists in the Korean war. He is captured by United Nations forces and imprisoned as a POW. It is written in the form of a memoir. It is an moving story [...]

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The Bridegroom

Added on June 26, 2010

The Bridegroom Ha Jin Pantheon, New York, 2000 Ha Jin uses his stark prose to haunting effect in these twelve short stories set in post cultural revolution China. I especially liked the title story, wherein a percieved model husband joins a secret men’s literary society and ultimately gets arrested for homosexuality. He is sentenced to [...]

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The Crazed

Added on June 24, 2010

The Crazed Ha Jin William Heinemann, London, 2002 The Crazed is perhaps one of Ha Jin’s more challenging novels. But stick with it. It is well worth it. Set during the Tiananmen Square massacre, Jin employs his spare prose to tell the story of a ranting old professor who has recently suffered a stroke. Much [...]

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