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Ha Jin has published volumes of poetry, collections of short   
stories, and novels. His short fiction in Ocean of Words: Army 
Stories (1996) and Under the Red Flag (1997) won praise from   
critics and two prestigious literary prizes, the PEN/Hemingway 
and Flannery O'Connor Awards, while an even wider popular     
acclaim followed the publication of his best-selling novel     
Waiting (1999), which won the National Book Award.             
Jin's spare prose style in narrating the lives of ordinary   
individuals trapped in political and moral ambiguities has led 
to comparisons with Nikolai Gogol and Anton Chekhov. Indeed,   
he explores a world as unfamiliar to most of his readers as   
Tsarist Russia: the Maoist Chinese culture of his youth.       
Much of Jin's work is set in Manchuria, the forbidding yet     
strategically important northeastern region of China, and his 
stories generally take place in the turbulent period from the 
mid 1960s to the mid 1980s. His writing focuses on the human   
cost of ideolo.....