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Ocean of Words (1996) [Collection]
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Summary (From the publisher):

The place is the chilly border between Russia and China. The time is the early 1970s, when the two giants were poised on the brink of war. And the characters in this thrilling collection of stories are Chinese soldiers who must constantly scrutinize the enemy even as they themselves are watched for signs of the fatal disease of bourgeois liberalism.

In Ocean of Words, the Chinese writer Ha Jin explores the predicament of these simple, barely literate men with breathtaking concision and humanity. From amorous telegraphers to a pugnacious militiaman, from an inscrutable Russian prisoner to an effeminate but enthusiastic recruit, Ha Jin's characters possess a depth and liveliness that suggest Isaac Babel's Cossacks and Tim O'Brien's GIs.

  • A Report
  • Too Late
  • Uncle Piao's Birthday Dinners
  • Love in the Air
  • Dragon Head
  • A Contract
  • Miss Jee
  • A Lecture
  • The Russian Prisoner
  • The Fellow Townsmen
  • My Best Soldier
  • Ocean of Words

Original title: Ocean of Words
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHistoricalAsiaChina
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

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Edition #1: Ocean of Words

Ocean of Words (1996)
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Language: English

  • "Extraordinary.... [Ha Jin's] laconic, luminous prose makes Ocean of Words a nearly flawless treasure." Chicago Tribune
  • "A compelling collection of stories, powerful in their unity of theme and rich in their diversity of styles." The New York Times Book Review
  • "Extraordinary.... [These stories are] shot through with wit and offer glimpses of human motivation that defy retelling.... Read them all." Boston Globe
  • "An exceptional new talent, capable of wringing rich surprises out of austere materials." Portland Oregonian
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Ocean of Words (1996)

ISBN: 0375702067

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