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Meet the WritersImage of Ha Jin
Ha Jin
Interview
In the fall of 2002, Ha Jin took time to answer some of our questions.

What was the book that most influenced your life?
A Bend in the River [by V. S. Naipaul], mainly because of its views on the past and on the relationship between the individual and the community.

What are your ten favorite books?

  • Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Silence by Shusaku Endo,
  • My Antonia by Willa Cather
  • Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
  • A House for Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul
  • Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Dreams of my Russian Summers by Andrei Makine
  • Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
Favorite films?
Any film with Jack Nicholson in it.

Favorite music?
Folk songs.

If you had a book club, what would it be reading?
Dreams of My Russian Summers. Because it's a beautiful book.

Who is your favorite writer?
Chekhov.

What else about your life can you tell us?
My life is a routine state of affairs. I work hard every day, teaching, writing, and doing yard work.

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About the Writer
*Ha Jin Home
* Interview
Chronology
*Between Silences: A Voice from China (poems), 1990
*Ocean of Words: Army Stories, 1996
*Facing Shadows (poems), 1996
*Under the Red Flag: Stories, 1997
*In the Pond, 1998
*Waiting, 1999
*The Bridegroom (stories), 2000
*Wreckage (poems), 2001
*The Crazed, 2002
*War Trash, 2004
*A Free Life, 2007
Photo by Jerry Bauer