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Jin, Ha. NANJING REQUIEM. New York City, NY: Pantheon Books, 2011. Hardcover. First Edition/Second Printing. 310 pages. As New/As New.

The author's fifth novel. One of the finest novels of our time. The First Hardcover Edition in its Second Printing. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Presents the novel that Ha Jin's trajectory as an immigrant Chinese writer in English inexorably led to as a matter of necessity. The Rape of Nanjing is one of the defining events of modern China. To make it the subject of a novel (beautifully called a "requiem") is to take on the ultimate challenge for a writer whose work melds poetic lyricism with Tolstoyan grand narrative. "Delivers glimpses of the massacre in all its reeling madness: The young woman who is driven insane by her manifold violations; the ways violence can smite the spirit even when the body is spared; the sight of 'shells bursting in the air like black blossoms'. Ha Jin gives us a poignant twist in the fate of the narrator Anling, whose grown son just happens to be in Tokyo taking a Japanese wife when all hell is being unleashed in his homeland" (The Washington Post). "His is a concern with precision, honesty, and direct description; the restraint is deliberate. Though his subject is deeply disquieting, Ha Jin does not set out to shock. The power of his prose lies not in any self-indulgent flourish but in its far-reaching resonance" (Open Letters Monthly). A "must-have" edition for Ha Jin completists. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated (on the day, month, and year of publication) in blue pen on the title page by the author: "Ha Jin 10/25/2011". The book was officially launched at BookCourt Brooklyn. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the bookstore's souvenir bookmark. Although it hosted the launch event, the store did not get copies of the book's first print run for Ha Jin to sign because it isn't big like Barnes & Noble. His "date-ing" (in addition to his signature) nevertheless makes this collectible for completists who want a copy from the launch event. This title is now highly collectible. This is the only such signed and dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/Second Printing available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for "Ocean of Words". Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award For Short Fiction for "Under the Red Flag". Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the National Book Award in 1999 for "Waiting". One of the finest living American writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HA JIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0307379760. $40.00

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