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This new collection of short stories by the award-winning author of Waiting confirms Ha Jin's reputation as a master storyteller, as well as a master of the miniature. In The Bridegroom, the twelve stories capture a China in transition, moving from Maoism towards a more open society. For these men and women, starting to feel the influence of the West, the daily dramas of a system that still struggles to control their every move and thought are made all the more painful. As his characters, from an entrepreneur, transformed from black-market criminal to free market hero, to the workers at Cowboy Chicken, to the professor mistaken by the police for a saboteur, continue to struggle against petty injustices and heartbreaks, Ha Jin celebrates their lives and humanity with the understated humour and simplicity that has won him widespread acclaim.
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Ha Jin left his native China in 1985 for the States. He is a poet and author of two novels, Waiting (which won the US National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1999), and In the Pond, and two previous collections of stories, Ocean of Words (which won the PEN/Hemingway Award in 1997), and Under the Red Flag. He lives near Atlanta, where teaches English at Emory University.Review:
"Ha Jin has the kind of effortless command that most writers can only dream about" * New York Times Magazine * "Ha Jin's eye for detail, his great storytelling talent, suffuse his work and make The Bridegroom a genuine pleasure" * New York Times Book Review * "Beautifully understated short stories-Some of them are likely to break your heart" * People Magazine * "A genuine pleasure" * New York Times Book Review * "The Bridegroom...showcases [Ha Jin's] mastery of craft, the consummate restraint and nearly telegraphic objectivity with which he paints difficult truths" * Boston Globe *
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Book Description Vintage, 2001. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 240 pages. 7.76x5.12x0.59 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk0099422174
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