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Ha Jin

Fiction, Poetry

Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20070831, 20010425, 20010124

The Chinese born writer Ha Jin began his literary life as a poet, and though he still continues to write poetry, it is his fiction, written in English, that has garnered him numerous prizes during the last decade, including the 1999 National Book Award winner for his novel, Waiting. Often compared to Chekhov for his facility with fiction, he talks about his newest collection of short stories called The Bridegroom, which came out in the fall of 2000. He also discusses how he is drawn to writing about China, even though he has not been back since he left in the mid 1980s. 

| Subject Matter: China, Chekhov | Interview Year: 2000 | Genre: Fiction, Poetry | Awards: National Book Award |

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