Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 7pm, Music Building, $20
a i n
with Leonard Lopate
is a recipient of the National Book Award, the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and two PEN/Faulkner Awards. He is the author of the novels In the Pond, Waiting, The Crazed, War Trash, A Free Life, and, most recently, Nanjing Requiem, which is forthcoming in the fall of 2011, as well as the collections of stories Ocean of Words, Under the Red Flag, The Bridegroom, and A Good Fall. The New Yorker has said: “Reading [Ha Jin] is almost like falling in love: you experience anxiety, profound self-consciousness, and an uncomfortable sensitivity to the world—and somehow it’s a pleasure.” The Chicago Tribune has said: “Ha Jin is a master satirist, not so much of Chinese politics as of the human psyche when it’s being twisted and pummeled by some higher authority…extraordinary…laconic, luminous prose…a nearly flawless treasure.” The Kansas City Star has said of the work of Mr. Jin that it is “comparable to the best of Malamud and Singer.” The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has said: “Ha Jin achieves a novella-like compression of narrative power and a Tolstoyan wide-angle empathy… As a chronicler of the craziness of post-Cultural Revolution China, he’s an Ishmael, a singular eyewitness telling us of a dazzling tragedy.” The Winston-Salem Journal has said: “Years from now, I would not be surprised to find Jin’s name listed among the winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature, such is his gift for finding the humanity that unites us all.”
In addition to reading from his work, Mr. Jin will be interviewed by Leonard Lopate.
photo of Ha Jin: Jerry Bauer