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Ha Jin

HA JIN left his native China in 1985 to attend Brandeis University. He is the author of eight novels, four story collections, four volumes of poetry, and a book of essays. He has received the National Book Award, two PEN/Faulkner Awards, the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award, the Asian American Literary Award, and the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. In 2014 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in the Boston area and is a professor at the creative writing program at Boston University.

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The Banished Immortal
Written by Ha Jin
Pantheon | Hardcover | January 2019
$28.00/37.00(Canada) | 978-1-5247-4741-1 (1-5247-4741-6)

From the National Book Award-winning author of Waiting: a narratively driven, deeply human biography of the Tang dynasty poet Li Bai—also known as Li Po

In his own time (701–762), Li Bai's poems—shaped by Daoist thought and characterized by their passion, romance, and lust for life—were never given their proper due by the... Read more

The Boat Rocker
Written by Ha Jin
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2017
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-8041-7037-6 (0-8041-7037-1)

New York, 2005. Chinese expatriate Feng Danlin is a fiercely principled reporter at a small news agency whose website is read by Chinese all over the world. Danlin’s explosive exposés have made him legendary among readers—and feared by Communist officials. But his newest assignment may be his undoing: investigating his ex-wife... Read more

The Bridegroom
Written by Ha Jin
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 2001
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-72493-0 (0-375-72493-1)

From the remarkable Ha Jin, winner of the National Book Award for his celebrated novel Waiting, a collection of comical and deeply moving tales of contemporary China that are as warm and human as they are surprising, disturbing, and delightful.

In the title story, the head of security at a factory is... Read more

The Crazed
Written by Ha Jin
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2004
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-71411-5 (0-375-71411-1)

A New York Times Notable Book
A Washington Post, Los Angeles times, and San Jose Mercury News Best Book of the Year

Ha Jin’s seismically powerful new novel is at once an unblinking look into the bell jar of communist Chinese society and a portrait of the eternal compromises and deceptions of the... Read more

A Free Life
Written by Ha Jin
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2009
$17.95/23.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-27860-9 (0-307-27860-3)

A New York Times Notable Book

One of the Best Books of the Year: Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Entertainment Weekly, Slate

 In A Free Life, Ha Jin follows the Wu family — father Nan, mother Pingping, and son Taotao — as they sever their ties with China in the aftermath of the...

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A Good Fall
Written by Ha Jin
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2010
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-47394-3 (0-307-47394-5)

In his first book of stories since The Bridegroom, National Book Award-winning author Ha Jin gives us a collection that delves into the experience of Chinese immigrants in America.

A lonely composer takes comfort in the antics of his girlfriend's parakeet; young children decide to change their names so they might sound...

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In the Pond
Written by Ha Jin
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 2000
$15.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70911-1 (0-375-70911-8)

National Book Award-winner Ha Jin's arresting debut novel ,  In the Pond, is a darkly funny portrait of an amateur calligrapher who wields his delicate artist's brush as a weapon against the powerful party bureaucrats who rule his provincial Chinese town.

Shao Bin is a downtrodden worker at the Harvest Fertilizer Plant by... Read more

A Map of Betrayal
Written by Ha Jin
Vintage | Trade Paperback | July 2015
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-8041-7036-9 (0-8041-7036-3)

A Christian Science Monitor Best Book of the Year

Lilian Shang, a history professor in Maryland, knew that her father, Gary, had been the most important Chinese spy ever caught in the United States. But when she discovers his diary after the death of her parents, its pages reveal the full...

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Nanjing Requiem
Written by Ha Jin
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2012
$16.95/22.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-74373-2 (0-307-74373-X)

It’s 1937, and the Japanese are poised to invade Nanjing. Minnie Vautrin, an American missionary and the dean of Jinling Women’s College, decides to remain at the school, convinced that her American citizenship will help her safeguard the welfare of the Chinese men and women who work there. She is painfully...

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Ocean of Words
Written by Ha Jin
Vintage | Trade Paperback | July 1998
$15.00/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-70206-8 (0-375-70206-7)

Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award

The place is the chilly border between Russia and China. The time is the early 1970s when the two giants were poised on the brink of war. And the characters in this thrilling collection of stories are Chinese soldiers who must constantly scrutinize the enemy even as... Read more

Written by Ha Jin
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 2000
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70641-7 (0-375-70641-0)

"In Waiting, Ha Jin portrays the life of Lin Kong, a dedicated doctor torn by his love for two women: one who belongs to the New China of the Cultural Revolution, the other to the ancient traditions of his family's village. Ha Jin profoundly understands the conflict between the individual and... Read more

War Trash
Written by Ha Jin
Vintage | Trade Paperback | May 2005
$16.95/22.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-7579-9 (1-4000-7579-3)

Ha Jin’s masterful new novel casts a searchlight into a forgotten corner of modern history, the experience of Chinese soldiers held in U.S. POW camps during the Korean War. In 1951 Yu Yuan, a scholarly and self-effacing clerical officer in Mao’s “volunteer” army, is taken prisoner south of the 38th Parallel... Read more