Ha Jin


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Ha Jin,

pseud. of

Jin Xuefei,

1956–, Chinese-American writer, grad. Heilongjiang Univ. (B.A. 1981), Shandong Univ. (M.A., 1984), Brandeis (M.A., Ph.D., 1993). In the early 1980s he came to the United States to study, immigrated after the Tiananmen SquareTiananmen Square,
large public square in Beijing, China, on the southern edge of the Inner or Tatar City. The square, named for its Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tiananmen), contains the monument to the heroes of the revolution, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of
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 massacre (1989), and taught at Emory and Boston universities. His first published works were volumes of poetry, Between Silences (1990) and Facing Shadows (1996). Ha Jin turned to fiction with Ocean of Words: Army Stories (1996) and Under the Red Flag (1997), prize-winning collections of short stories set in China. His first novel, Waiting (1999), a tale of contemporary China, brought him widespread recognition and the National Book and PEN/Faulkner awards. Written in a restrained and dispassionate style, his fiction also includes the novels The Crazed (2002), War Trash (2004), A Free Life (2007), an immigrant's story and his first set in America, Nanjing Requiem (2011), and A Map of Betrayal (2014) as well as the short stories in The Bridegroom (2000) and A Good Fall (2009).
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For Patricia Park--who happens to be a thesis-advisee and protegee of National Book Award-winning author Ha Jin (who also provides the first glowing blurb on the book's back cover)--her nimble debut is more daring success than imprudent misstep.
Chapter 2, possibly the best chapter of the book, turns to Ha Jin, an American counterpart to Gao in the sense that he writes in the language of his adopted country in the post-Tiananmen era and his literary accomplishments have been broadly recognized in the adopted nation.
Though Ha Jin cannot get a Chinese visa on political grounds, his novel has been recently translated into Chinese and published in the mainland.
Authors representing popular, classic and edgy fiction, history and other nonfiction, sports writing, humor, children's books, film, poetry and graphic books will be there: Ha Jin, Joseph Finder, Chuck Klosterman, Holly Black, Gregory Maguire, Andre Dubus III, Jennifer Egan, Reggie Gibson.
May 14: The Daytime Book Group will meet at 10:00 to discuss "Waiting" by Ha Jin
Ha Jin - The author of such books as the 1999 National Book Award-winning novel "Waiting" will read from and discuss his work in progress, 7 p.
of Richmond) include pieces by writers such as Tom Wolfe, Rick Bass, Ha Jin, Philip Levine, and Mona Simpson, as well as lesser-known writers who describe experiences in occupations from industrial poultry farm worker to bus driver to stripper.
Ha Jin has won several awards for his writing, including the National Book Award for fiction in 1999.
A Free Life by Ha Jin, the author of Waiting and War Trash and the winner of National Book and PEN/Faulkner awards, is the first book-length fiction that the China-born writer and Boston University professor has set in the United States; and the novel is brave, entertaining, and very intelligent, but, for all its immense imagination and truth, it is an imperfect work.
We have been publishing books for 41 years, including work by Sherman Alexie, Ha Jin, Jayne Cortez, Helen Adam, and Paul Violi, among many others, and I think the press enjoys some respect in the poetry world.
Best Fiction: Away - Amy Bloom, The Savage Detectives - Roberto Bolano, The Yiddish Policemen's Union - Michael Chabon, Falling Man - Don DeLillo, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz, 1000 Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini, A Free Life - Ha Jin, Tree of Smoke - Denis Johnson, After Dark - Haruki Murakami, The Tenderness of Wolves - Stef Penney.
When Ha Jin received the 1999 National Book Award for Waiting, a novel he wrote in English barely a dozen years after leaving China, his accomplishment was akin to that of a pianist who gives a violin recital at Carnegie Hall a decade after first picking up a bow.