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Wreckage

Ha Jin

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ISBN 10: 1882413989 / ISBN 13: 9781882413980
Published by Hanging Loose Press, Brooklyn, 2001
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Fine in maroon cloth-covered boards. Number 67 of 100 numbered copies signed by Ha Jin. Bookseller Inventory # b12232

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Title: Wreckage

Publisher: Hanging Loose Press, Brooklyn

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Issued without dust jacket.

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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Poetry. Asian American Studies. New poems by the author of Waiting, winner of the National Book Award. Ha Jin's writing has been called luminous and eloquent by The New York Times Book Review, extraordinary by the Chicago Sun-Times and achingly beautiful by the Los Angeles Times. Asianweek calls him a master of lyric.

From Publishers Weekly:

Numerous rocks of Chinese history are overturned in the star novelist's third collection, usually revealing darkness and decay. The book begins with poems about Yu the Great, who, according to legend, devised a drainage system when the Yellow River flooded its banks around the 20th century B.C., wreaking havoc on the land and its people. Even when "caged in high dikes," its threat is not forgotten: "Who can keep the river up/ in the clouds forever?" The notion that disaster is always just around the corner pervades the collection, though its components read less like poems than terse mini-fables stitched loosely together to form a tapestry of sacrifice and suffering. Violence comes from without and within, in the form of attacks by so-called barbarians as well as the capriciousness and brutality of emperors and bureaucrats: "Lord of Heaven, how can you govern/ the earth like a fool/ and let officials multiply/ more than laborers and taxpayers?" The heinous treatment of women is a recurrent theme from a concubine mutilated and thrown into an outhouse pit ("Human Pig") to a gruesome account of foot binding ("A Young Girl's Lament"), in which it is observed how "the toes curl in like dead caterpillars./ Who would think they belong to a human being?" Cannibalism during drought or wartime is mentioned frequently "Salvation" describes "human flesh/ served in restaurants under/ the name Two-Legged Lamb." Dealing with such charged material forces the poet to flatten his affect. If the writing occasionally borders on the banal, it seems consciously intended to reflect the banality of evil. (June)Forecast: A former People's Army soldier, Ha Jin eventually landed in the U.S. for an English Ph.D., and remained after the Tiananmen massacre. Eight books later, Waiting received critical raves and went on to win the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award. This collection should attract readers of his fiction and fans of his poetry alike.

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