A Chef's Oeuvre
In Ha Jin's novel, the owner of a restaurant is a thwarted poet
A Free Life:
by Ha Jin
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In a 2000 interview, Ha Jin made it clear that he did not want to write his own story. But while A Free Life is indeed a novel, Jin is now working close to autobiography. Like Nan Gin Wu, the aspiring poet who's the protagonist of the book, his first novel to be set in America, Jin is a Chinese writer who lives in the States and writes in English—he studied English literature at Brandeis and teaches at Boston University. His earlier fiction, set in China, had the lure of new news and the power of revelation informed by the historical record. War Trash, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2005, includes a bibliography and is dedicated to the author's father, a Korean War veteran.
War Trash is written as the memoir of a soldier, Yu Yuan, who, after being sent to Korea and imprisoned by the Americans, returns to
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