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Since the appearance of his first book of stories in English, Ha Jin has won the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, and garnered comparisons to Dickens, Balzac, and Isaac Babel. "Like Babel," wrote Francine Prose in The New York Times Book Review, "Ha Jin observes everything...yet he tells the reader only" and precisely "as much as is needed to make his deceptively simple fiction resonate on many levels."

In his luminous new novel, the author of Waiting deepens his portrait of contemporary Chinese society while exploring the perennial conflicts between convention and individualism, integrity and pragmatism, loyalty and betrayal. Professor Yang, a respected teacher of literature at a provincial university, has had a stroke, and his student Jian Wan — who is also engaged to Yang's daughter — has been assigned to care for him. What at first seems a simple if burdensome duty becomes treacherous when the professor begins to rave: pleading with invisible tormentors, denouncing his family, his colleagues, and a system in which a scholar is "just a piece of meat on a cutting board."

Are these just manifestations of illness, or is Yang spewing up the truth? And can the dutiful Jian avoid being irretrievably compromised? For in a China convulsed by the Tiananmen uprising, those who hear the truth are as much at risk as those who speak it. At once nuanced and fierce, earthy and humane, The Crazed is further evidence of Ha Jin's prodigious narrative gifts.

Review:

"[P]owerful....Ha's story is permeated by a grief that won't be eased or transmuted by heroic images of resistance....Like Gao Xingjian, Ha continues to refine his understanding of politics as an unmitigated curse." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"At its best, this has some of the pacing and texture of a skillfully constructed mystery....Not one of Ha Jin's better efforts. Still, readers who've admired his [other] fiction won't want to miss it." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[A] novel for Westerners who know only what they have seen on TV about the events and culture that led to the students' revolt in China." KLIATT

About the Author

Ha Jin left his native China in 1985 to attend Brandeis University. He is the author of the internationally best-selling novel Waiting, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award and the National Book Award; the story collections The Bridegroom, which won the Asian American Literary Award, Under the Red Flag, which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and Ocean of Words, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award; the novel In the Pond; and three books of poetry. He lives in Massachusetts and is a professor of English at Boston University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375421815
Author:
Jin, Ha
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
China
Subject:
Teacher-student relationships
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Cerebrovascular disease
Subject:
College teachers
Subject:
Political fiction
Subject:
Graduate students
Subject:
Literature teachers
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
10381
Publication Date:
October 2002
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.50x5.72x1.11 in. 1.09 lbs.

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Product details 336 pages Pantheon Books - English 9780375421815 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[P]owerful....Ha's story is permeated by a grief that won't be eased or transmuted by heroic images of resistance....Like Gao Xingjian, Ha continues to refine his understanding of politics as an unmitigated curse."
"Review" by , "At its best, this has some of the pacing and texture of a skillfully constructed mystery....Not one of Ha Jin's better efforts. Still, readers who've admired his [other] fiction won't want to miss it."
"Review" by , "[A] novel for Westerners who know only what they have seen on TV about the events and culture that led to the students' revolt in China."
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