NANJING REQUIEM - Rare Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/Second Printing: Signed And Dated On The Day of Publication by Ha Jin - ONLY SIGNED AND DATED COPY ONLINE
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2nd Printing. Signed. 310 pages. Published in 2011. The author's fifth novel. One of the finest novels of our time. The First Hardcover Edition in its Second Printing. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Ha Jin's "Nanjing Requiem". A triumphant achievement. As a matter of necessity, this is surely the novel that Ha Jin's journey as an immigrant Chinese-American writer in the English language inexorably led to. The Rape of Nanjing is one of the defining events of modern China. To make it the subject of a novel (beautifully called a "requiem") is to take on the ultimate challenge for a writer whose work melds poetic lyricism with Tolstoyan grand narrative. "Delivers glimpses of the massacre in all its reeling madness: The young woman who is driven insane by her manifold violations; the ways violence can smite the spirit even when the body is spared; the sight of 'shells bursting in the air like black blossoms'. Ha Jin gives us a poignant twist in the fate of the narrator Anling, whose grown son just happens to be in Tokyo taking a Japanese wife when all hell is being unleashed in his homeland" (The Washington Post). "His is a concern with precision, honesty, and direct description; the restraint is deliberate. Though his subject is deeply disquieting, Ha Jin does not set out to shock. The power of his prose lies not in any self-indulgent flourish but in its far-reaching resonance" (Open Letters Monthly). An absolute "must-have" title for Ha Jin collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed and dated (on the day of publication) in blue pen on the title page by the author: "Ha Jin 10/25/2011". The book was officially launched at BookCourt Brooklyn. Although it hosted the launch event, the store did not get copies of the book's first print run for Ha Jin to sign because it isn't big like Barnes & Noble. His "date-ing" (in addition to his signature) nevertheless makes this collectible for collectors who want a copy from the book launch event (and is dated as such). This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/Second Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for "Ocean of Words". Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award For Short Fiction for "Under the Red Flag". Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the National Book Award in 1999 for "Waiting". One of the finest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HA JIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0307379760. Bookseller Inventory # 16985
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The award-winning author of Waiting and War Trash returns to his homeland in a searing new novel that unfurls during one of the darkest moments of the twentieth century: the Rape of Nanjing.
In 1937, with the Japanese 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 mistaken. In the aftermath of the invasion, the school becomes a refugee camp for more than ten thousand homeless women and children, and Vautrin must struggle, day after day, to intercede on behalf of the hapless victims. Even when order and civility are eventually restored, Vautrin remains deeply embattled, and she is haunted by the lives she could not save.
With extraordinarily evocative precision, Ha Jin re-creates the terror, the harrowing deprivations, and the menace of unexpected violence that defined life in Nanjing during the occupation. In Minnie Vautrin he has given us an indelible portrait of a woman whose convictions and bravery prove, in the end, to be no match for the maelstrom of history.
At once epic and intimate, Nanjing Requiem is historical fiction at its most resonant.
Title: NANJING REQUIEM - Rare Pristine Copy of The ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Pantheon Books, 2011
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
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