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Жанр : Современная проза , Язык : en
In his first book of stories since
With the same profound attention to detail that is a hallmark of his previous acclaimed works of fiction, Ha Jin depicts here the full spectrum of immigrant life and the daily struggles — some minute, some grand — faced by these intriguing individuals.
A lonely composer takes comfort in the antics of his girlfriend s parakeet, young children decide to change their names so that they might sound more «American,» unaware of how deeply this will hurt their grandparents, a Chinese professor of English attempts to defect with the help of a reluctant former student. All of Ha Jin s characters struggle in situations that stir within them a desire to remain attached to be loyal to their homeland and its traditions as they explore and avail themselves of the freedom that life in a new country offers.
In these stark, deeply moving, acutely insightful, and often strikingly humorous stories, we are reminded once again of the storytelling prowess of this superb writer.