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


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The stark and powerful first novel by the author of Waiting

Ha Jin has been compared to the late Issac Babel for his spare evocation of ordinary lives caught up in the flux of vast social movements. Winner of the Hemingway/PEN Award for first fiction for his story collection Under the Red Flag, Ha Jin is a writer of stark power, simple beauty and poignant irony. His themes of personal honour in the face of political rectitude are carried forward here in his first novel, In the Pond, a close, unsentimental depiction of life in a small factory town; the manoeuvring, posturing, petty jealousies and injustices of an ordinary man who tangles with the party bosses.

  • Pub date: 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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