The Crazed by Ha Jin
A Novel

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Ha Jin’s seismically powerful new novel is at once an unblinking look into the bell jar of communist Chinese society and a portrait of the eternal compromises and deceptions of the human state. When the venerable professor Yang, a teacher of literature at a provincial university, has a stroke, his student Jian Wan is assigned to care for him. Since the dutiful Jian plans to marry his mentor’s beautiful, icy daughter, the job requires delicacy. Just how much delicacy becomes clear when Yang begins to rave.

Are these just the outpourings of a broken mind, or is Yang speaking the truth—about his family, his colleagues, and his life’s work? And will bearing witness to the truth end up breaking poor Jian’s heart? Combining warmth and intimacy with an unsparing social vision, The Crazed is Ha Jin’s most enthralling book to date.

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About Ha Jin

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Ha Jin left his native China in 1985 to attend Brandeis University. He is the author of the internationally bestselling novel Waiting, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award and the National Book Award, and War Trash, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and was a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize; the story collections The Bridegroom, which won the Asian American Literary Award, Under the Red Flag, which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and Ocean of Words, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award; the novels The Crazed and In the Pond; and three books of poetry. His latest novel, A Free Life is his first novel set in the United States. He lives in the Boston area and is a professor of English at Boston University.War Trash, The Crazed, The Bridegroom, Waiting, In the Pond, and Ocean of Words are available in paperback from Vintage Books.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 340 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, History. Fiction

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The Crazed by Ha Jin 323pp, Heinemann, £12.99 Novelists of the Chinese diaspora work under a double yoke.

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Publishers Weekly

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On the day after the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989, Jian Wan, the narrator of Ha Jin's powerful new novel, comes upon two weeping students.

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Star Tribune

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Shortly after Wan begins sitting by the old man's bedside, Yang begins talking about former mistresses and departmental power struggles.

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Entertainment Weekly

Now take that gnawing doubt and multiply it by the People's Republic of China, and you'll have some idea of the predicament facing The Crazed's young scholar Jian.

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