Author(s): Ha Jin
Ha Jin has been compared to the late Issac Babel for his spare evocation of ordinary lives caught up in the flux of vast social movements. Winner of the Hemingway/PEN Award for first fiction for his story collection Under the Red Flag, Ha Jin is a writer of stark power, simple beauty and poignant irony. His themes of personal honour in the face of political rectitude are carried forward here in his first novel, In the Pond, a close, unsentimental depiction of life in a small factory town; the manoeuvring, posturing, petty jealousies and injustices of an ordinary man who tangles with the party bosses. (Preceeding text courtesy www.randomhouse.co.uk) Paperback
Ha Jin is the author of "Waiting", winner of the 1999 US National Book Award for Fiction.
Ha Jin was born in 1956 in Liaoning, China, and spent six years serving in the People's Liberation Army. He came to the United States in 1985, earned a Ph.D at Brandeis University, and now teaches at Emory University.