Title: BETWEEN SILENCES: A VOICE FROM CHINA - Rare ...
Publisher: Chicago, IL: University Of Chicago Press, 1990
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 79 pages. Published in 1990. The author's debut collection of poems. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with the Softcover Edition, which was published simultaneously with it. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original and as part of the University of Chicago's "Phoenix Poets" Series. The First Hardcover Edition is now rare. The book is impeccably produced: Orange cloth boards with black titles embossed on the spine. Printed on archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Ha Jin's "Between Silences". His quietly triumphant debut as a Chinese writer in English, his belatedly acquired language. As is now well-known, Ha Jin is the pen name of Xuefei Jin. Ha Jin wrote these radiant poems as a graduate student at Brandeis University. They give an authentic personal voice to the unspeakable upheaval and horrors of Maoist China that at the time of their writing, only poetry could distill, do justice to, and transform as literature. Ha Jin writes as a survivor/former soldier on the front lines, facing death on a daily basis yet believing and constantly reminding himself that he was more fortunate than fellow Chinese who were sent to "re-education" camps. As a writer, Ha Jin has since moved from strength to strength, fulfilling the early promise in these poems. He is now widely regarded by critics and readers alike as one of our most valuable writers. The collection is in four parts: "Towards A Battlefield", "The Dissolution of A Kingdom", "No Tears For Love", and "Ways". One gem: "A politician must have iron hands, / although you may wear gloves over them; / just as a general must never worry about how many wronged ghosts cry/ after he puts his sword into its sheath" (Ha Jin). An absolute "must-have" title for Ha Jin collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen (in both Roman alphabet and Chinese characters) on the title page by Ha Jin. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such double-signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online command as much as $300. 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 flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HA JIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0226399869. Bookseller Inventory # 16733
Synopsis: "Mixing autobiography with invented other voices, this book is an extraordinary meditation on what it means to have lived the history of China in the second half of the twentieth century. At its best, Ha Jin's language is as accessible, penetrating, and mysterious as Pound's Cathay. This is a profound book, an event."?Frank Bidart
"In these poems Ha Jin gives voice to the millions whose lives were altered and whose tongues were silenced by the Cultural Revolution. . . .If Ha Jin speaks in tongues in these poems, we feel him behind those voices?the hidden director behind the scenes?never as a presence filled with stridency and self-congratulation; he brings a great empathy and compassion to his depiction of the fallible men and women whose acts and attitudes together make up history."?Roger Gilbert, Hungry Mind Review
About the Author: Ha Jin is the author of five novels, including, A Free Life and War Trash, which was the recipient of the PEN/Faulkner Award, as well as three collections of short stories and three books of poetry. He teaches at Boston University.
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