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Recreating the Horrors of Nanjing

The New York Times reviews Nanjing Requiem: A Novel, the new novel by Ha Jin about the Japanese occupation of Nanjing: This is fiction, but fiction that draws heavily on the historical record and in which many of the characters...

Exiles From Themselves

The New York Times reviews Ha Jin’s new book A Good Fall: Stories, which “explores the nature of displacement and the unease with which Chinese immigrants in the United States experience their new country”:...

Yu Hua (余华): China’s Forgotten Revolution

The New York Times has asked four writers to reflect back on the events of 1989. Yu Hua, author of the highly-acclaimed Brothers, writes, for his first time publicly, about his experiences that spring: I realize now that the...

Ha Jin: The Censor in the Mirror

From The American Scholar: Censorship in China is a powerful field of force; it affects anyone who gets close to it. Four years ago, I signed five book contracts with a Shanghai publisher who planned to bring out four volumes of...

Ha Jin Wants To Visit China

From AP: On a trip that’s put him the closest to his homeland in 23 years, Chinese-American author Ha Jin says he wants to visit China but expressed frustration with censorship of his books. The 52-year-old National Book...

Nan, American Man – John Updike

In the New Yorker, John Updike reviews Ha Jin’s new novel, A Free Life: His new novel, “A Free Life,” (Pantheon; $26), is a relatively lumpy and uncomfortable work,

War Trash wins PEN/Faulkner award

War Trash, by novelist Ha Jin, has won the PEN/Faulkner award. Here is an AP story on the award. The New York Times called War Trash one of the ten best books of 2004, and published an interview
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