Ocean of Words

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The place is the chilly border between Russia and China. The time is the early 1970s when the two giants were poised on the brink of war. And the characters in this thrilling collection of stories are Chinese soldiers who must constantly scrutinize the enemy even as they themselves are watched for signs of the fatal disease of bourgeois liberalism.

In Ocean of Words, the Chinese writer Ha Jin explores the predicament of these simple, barely literate men with breathtaking concision and humanity. From amorous telegraphers to a pugnacious militiaman, from an inscrutable Russian prisoner to an effeminate but enthusiastic recruit, Ha Jin`s characters possess a depth and liveliness that suggest Isaac Babel`s Cossacks and Tim O`Brien`s GIs. Ocean of Words is a triumphant volume, poignant, hilarious, and harrowing.

"A compelling collection of stories, powerful in their unity of theme and rich in their diversity of styles."-New York Times Book Review

"Extraordinary…[These stories are shot through with wit and offer glimpses of human motivation that defy retelling…Read them all."-Boston Globe

"An exceptional new talent, capable of wringing rich surprises out of austere materials."-Portland Oregonian

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Ha Jin ( Ha Jin - real name - Xuefei Jin , Xuefei Jin) Alias ​​Ha (Ha) - in honor of the beloved city of Harbin. February 21, 1956, Prov. Liaoning (China) & amp; nbsp; & amp; nbsp; & amp; nbsp; American writer and poet of Chinese origin. Born February 21, 1956 in Liaoning Province (China) into a military family. At the age of 14, under the influence of the anti-Soviet hysteria that reigned in the country and in anticipation of an imminent Soviet attack on China, he volunteered for the army, attributing himself an extra two years. While serving in the army and listening to the radio, he began to study English on his own. He worked as a teacher, then entered the university. In 1981, after graduating from Harbin University, he continued his studies at the University of Jinan. In 1985, having won a grant in English literature, he went to study for graduate school in the United States. & amp; nbsp; & amp; nbsp; & amp; nbsp; After the events in Tiananmen Square, he decided n...

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Ha Jin ( Ha Jin - real name - Xuefei Jin , Xuefei Jin) Alias ​​Ha (Ha) - in honor of the beloved city of Harbin. February 21, 1956, Prov. Liaoning (China) & amp; nbsp; & amp; nbsp; & amp; nbsp; American writer and poet of Chinese origin. Born February 21, 1956 in Liaoning Province (China) into a military family. At the age of 14, under the influence of the anti-Soviet hysteria that reigned in the country and in anticipation of an imminent Soviet attack on China, he volunteered for the army, attributing himself an extra two years. While serving in the army and listening to the radio, he began to study English on his own. He worked as a teacher, then entered the university. In 1981, after graduating from Harbin University, he continued his studies at the University of Jinan. In 1985, having won a grant in English literature, he went to study for graduate school in the United States. & amp; nbsp; & amp; nbsp; & amp; nbsp; After the events in Tiananmen Square, he decided not to return to China. He had already published a book of poetry in English (1990), and he continued his literary studies. For three years he could not find a job in his specialty. In 1993 he got a teaching job as a poet at Emory College in Atlanta. He is currently a professor at Boston University. Writes in English. Published several books of poetry, collections of short stories and novels. Literary preferences - great Russian writers ("the great Russians"), especially Gogol, VS Naipaul, Alice Munro, Saul Bellow, Adrienne Rich, Shusako Endo (Susako Endo). He was awarded the National Book Prize, the American PEN Club Faulkner and Hemingway Prize, the Flannery O`Connor Prize for Short Story, etc. Address - [email protected]  Wikipedia , Powells. com Interviews .  Bibliography Poetry 1990 - Between Silences, coll. 1996 - Facing Shadows, Sat. 2001 - Wreckage, Sat.  Prose Collections 1996 - Ocean of Words (stories) - Sea of ​​words 1997 - Under the Red Flag (stories) - Under the red flag 2000 - The Bridegroom (stories) - Groom 2008 - The Writer as Migrant (essays) Novels 1998 - In the Pond - In the pond 1999 - Waiting - Waiting 2002 - The Crazed - Madman 2004 - War Trash 2007 - A Free Life