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In The Pond
  • Published: 4 January 2002
  • ISBN: 9780099428169
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $19.99

In The Pond



The stark and powerful first novel by the prize-winning author of Waiting.

Shao Bin is a factory fitter in a small Chinese town, a poor and unconnected man with a young wife and a small child, but also an accomplished artist and calligrapher. He's worked at the plant for six years, so feels that this time his family will get an appartment in Worker's Park, where his wife won't have to walk two miles to wash their clothes.

But the party controls everything in the town, and again, the apartments go to corrupt officials and their cronies. Outraged, Bin pens a series of political cartoons attacking them, and finds his trouble is only just beginning.

  • Published: 4 January 2002
  • ISBN: 9780099428169
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Ha Jin

Ha Jin left his native China in 1985 for the USA. He is the author of six novels, including Waiting – winner of the 1999 National Book Award for Fiction, and the 2000 PEN/ Faulkner Award – In the Pond, The Crazed and his latest, Nanjing Requiem. He has also published four collections of stories and four volumes of poetry. He lives near Boston and teaches at Boston University

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Praise for In The Pond

Art and politics.and comedy. Naughty, lusty, raucously entertainin g

New York Times Book Revie

Fascinating. spare and taut. A fable about morality and power

Chicago Tribune

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