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Nanjing Requiem: A Novel
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HA JIN's previous books include the internationally best-selling Waiting, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award and the National Book Award; War Trash, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award; the story collections Under the Red Flag, which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and Ocean of Words, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award; and three books of poetry. From the Hardcover edition.

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"Subtle and powerful." --The New York Times Book Review "Crushingly beautiful, achingly sad. . . . What you most remember, once you put down the book, is not agony and hopelessness, not darkness and blood, but rather the reach of human goodness." --The Philadelphia Inquirer "Remarkable. . . . Profoundly moving." --The Plain Dealer "Wonderful. . . . [Ha Jin's] control over his characters is masterful; Japanese characters can be kindly, victims can be stridently impatient for vengeance. All are human." --Washington Independent Review of Books "Nanjing Requiem is both plainspoken and revelatory, the saddest of Ha Jin's novels. After this past decade of armed conflict, which has put millions of civilians at risk, his reminder of the human costs of war is also, unfortunately, timely." --The Boston Globe "An affecting, insightful portrait." --The Oregonian

"[Minnie's] humanizing voice and struggling perspective personalize the story and provide an element of reasonableness and decency amid so much savagery. . . . Harrowing." --Wall Street Journal

"[Ha Jin's] spare prose can achieve a masterful precision. . . . Demonstrate[s] how humans cope when forced together in wartime. . . . Testament to the bravery of women in the most horrifying of circumstances." --The Independent (UK) "Exquisitely painful. . . . Creates an unforgettable impression." --St. Louis Dispatch "Haunting. . . . He has honed a distinctively dry, laconic prose style." --Financial Times "Should be required reading for anyone who isn't familiar with what happened at Nanjing. . . . Courageously and unflinchingly, Ha Jin has taken an important step in remembering both the victims and the heroes of that senseless slaughter." --Associated Press
"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.'" --
The Washington Post

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