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Ha JinDescribe your latest project.
A Free Life is my first novel set in America, about the immigrant experience.
Lolita. Just curious to see what she is like as a middle-aged woman now.
Introduce one other author you think people should read, and suggest a good book with which to start.
Writers are better liars than other people: true or false? Why, or not?
Offer a favorite sentence or passage from another writer.
How do you relax?
Have you ever made a literary pilgrimage?
What is your idea of absolute happiness?
Recommend five or more books on a single subject of personal interest or expertise.
Here are five books that deal with the experience of human migrations, including immigration, exile, displacement:
My Antonia by Willa Cather
Call It Sleep by Henry Roth
Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov
A Feather on the Breath of God by Sigrid Nunez
The Emigrants by W. G. Sebald
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Ha Jin left his native China in 1985 to attend Brandeis University. He is the author of the internationally bestselling novel Waiting, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award and the National Book Award; War Trash, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award; The Crazed; In the Pond; 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; and three books of poetry. He is a professor of English at Boston University and lives in the Boston area.