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Ha Jin

Ha Jin’s most recent books are the novels The Boat Rocker (2016), A Map of Betrayal (2014), and Nanjing Requiem (2011). His writing first appeared in AGNI when he was a graduate student at Brandeis University. He has since published eight novels, six collections of poetry, four short story collections, and one book of essays. His novel Waiting (1999), based on his experiences during five years in the Red Army, won the National Book Award and the PEN/ Faulkner Award. He received the PEN/Hemingway Award for his first story collection, Ocean of Words (1996), and the Flannery O’Connor Prize for his second, Under the Red Flag (1997). In 2005 he received a second PEN/ Faulkner for War Trash and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the director of the Creating Writing Program at Boston University and a member of AGNI’s Advisory Board. (updated 5/2018)

Ha Jin’s story “My Best Soldier,” first published in AGNI 33, was reprinted in The Pushcart Book of Short Stories: The Best Short Stories from a Quarter-Century of the Pushcart Prize.

Read “On Language and Embracing Failure as a Writer: An Interview with Ha Jin” by Jessica Keener.

AGNI has published the following work by Ha Jin:

A Battalion Commander Complains to His Secretary
A Brother’s Advice
Burying Them
Dragon Head
I Woke Up—Smiling
I Woke Up—Smiling
Marching Towards Martyrdom
My Best Soldier
My Knowledge of the Russian Language
My Mother Also Ate
On a Pottery Figure of a Storyteller from the Eastern Han Dynasty
On the 20th National Anniversary
A Page from a Schoolboy’s Diary
The Script
A Thirteen-Year-Old Accuses His Teacher
A Young Worker’s Lament to His Former Girlfriend

and read more

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