Jinwas born inChinain
1956. After Tiananmen Square, he emigrated to the United States.
Unlike most exiled writers Ha Jin was not established in his native
language; he had no audience in Chinese, and so chose to write in
has published three collections of poetry, including Between
Silences and Facing Shadows, and three collections of
received the PEN/Hemingway Award, and Under the Red Flag,
won the Flannery O’Connor Award.
His novel Waiting won the National Book Award for
fiction as well as the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1999. In 2004, he
published War Trash, which also won the PEN/Faulkner
lives in theBostonarea and is a professor of English
met in Ottawa to talk about his first book of non-fiction The Writer as Migrant . Adapted fromThe Rice University
delivered in 2006, the book consists of three interconnected
essays exploring the experience of the migrant, ‘exiled’
writers in relation to their ‘home’ countries and languages.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Lin Yutang, Homer, Joseph Conrad ,
Vladimir Nabokov and others all contribute to the
Combine the human desire to know (Aristotle) with the joy found in good conversation (Montaigne) and a wish to share the results, and you have the idea behind why I host and produce The Biblio File.
"I want to learn as much as I can about 'the book,' and to communicate what I learn, to those who share my interest. The best way to do this, I figure - in addition to reading a lot - is to question and engage with authors, yes, but also book publishers, booksellers, book editors, book collectors, book makers, book scholars, book critics, book designers, book publicists, literary agents. Bibliophiles. People who, like me, love books."
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