In the Pond A Novel

ISBN-10: 0375709118

ISBN-13: 9780375709111

Edition: 2000

Authors: Ha Jin
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Description: National Book Award-winner Ha Jin's arresting debut novel ,  In the Pond, is a darkly funny portrait of an amateur calligrapher who wields his delicate artist's brush as a weapon against the powerful party bureaucrats who rule his provincial Chinese town. Shao Bin is a downtrodden worker at the Harvest Fertilizer Plant by day and an aspiring artist by night. Passed over on the list to receive a decent apartment for his young family, while those in favor with the party's leaders are selected ahead of him, Shao Bin chafes at his powerlessness. When he attempts to expose his corrupt superiors by circulating satirical cartoons, he provokes an escalating series of merciless counterattacks that send ripples beyond his small community. Artfully crafted and suffused with earthy wit, In the Pond is a moving tale about humble lives caught up in larger social forces.

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/21/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Ha Jin left his native China in 1985 and is now a professor of English at Emory University. He is author of, among other works, two short-story collections: Ocean of Words, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award, and Under the Red Flag, which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for short fiction. His novel Waiting won the National Book Award for fiction in 1999. He lives in Atlanta.

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