Perennial critics’ favorite Ha Jin is winning his usual advance praise. See below for some great quotes. Another essential addition to any multicultural collection.
“Requiem is necessary testimony…Jin’s loyal readers will notice a bluntness—jarringly effective here—different from his previous works, as if Jin, too, must guard himself against the horror, the horror.” –Library Journal, starred review
“The novelist’s subtle mastery enriches the work…A matter-of-fact, plainspoken narrative that has a profound impact.” –Kirkus, starred review
“Jin describes horrible acts in a style bordering on reportage, lending bitter realism to his chronicle of violence and privation…. Jin paints a convincing, harrowing portrait of heroism in the face of brutality.” –Publishers Weekly
“Jin continues his scrupulous excavation of buried truths about Chinese life…eviscerating… Writing with unnerving austerity, Ha Jin resolutely addresses inexplicable terror and miraculous resistance.” –Booklist, starred review