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Jin, Ha. THE CRAZED. New York City, NY: Pantheon Books, 2002. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 323 pages. As New/As New.

The author's second novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Ha Jin, who writes only in English, cemented his reputation with "Waiting", which was lavished with critical praise and literary awards. He has been compared to Dickens, Balzac, and Isaac Babel. "Like Babel, Ha Jin observes everything. Yet he tells the reader only, and precisely, as much as is needed to make his deceptively simple fiction resonate on many levels" (The New York Times). Ha Jin came to the United States as an adult barely able to speak English. He still has difficulty speaking it and has said that the main impetus for writing is the opportunity it affords him to sit down and write and re-write, edit and re-edit, and start all over again if necessary until he is satisfied with the result. He uses his acquired language as a storyteller and poet of the first rank who bears witness to the collision between personal experience (in all its pain, beauty, and complexity) and the arbitrary suffering that History, Fate, and Destiny inflict upon all human beings, whether they be powerful or powerless. His sympathy for every human being in all his or her particularity is unsurpassed among contemporary American writers. "Ha Jin profoundly understands the conflict between the individual and society, between the timeless universality of the human heart and constantly shifting politics of the moment. With wisdom, restraint, and empathy for all his characters, he vividly reveals the complexities and subtleties of a world and a people we desperately need to know" (Award Citation, National Book Award). "Reading Ha Jin is like falling in love: You experience anxiety, profound self-consciousness, and an uncomfortable sensitivity to the world, and somehow it's a pleasure. Like the best writers, Ha Jin sneaks emotional power into the plainest sentences" (The New Yorker Magazine). A "must-have" title for Ha Jin collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by Ha Jin. It is signed directly on the page, not on a tipped-in page, as many copies available online are. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time even though it went into several subsequent printings. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Many copies available online have serious flaws. A very scarce 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 0375421815. $70.00

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