A writer we’ve had the honor of presenting numerous times for his award-winning fiction, including the National Book Award-winning Waiting, Ha Jin makes this welcome return to Seattle with two new books in hand. Front, center, and most recent is a beautiful narrative biography of the great Tang dynasty poet Li Bai (or Li Po), The Banished Immortal (Pantheon). Also here will be a beautiful, recent book of poems, A Distant Center (Copper Canyon Press).
“Ha Jin tells the story of how a supreme artist endures the struggles, frailties and losses that are a part of any life—for the genius Li Bai, those pervasive difficulties are compounded, as well as redeemed, by art and the artist’s awareness of his gifts. This is a fluently told story, mysterious yet familiar, tragic yet sometimes comical. Ha Jin is a master storyteller.” —Robert Pinsky.
“Witty, metaphorical and imbued with tenderness, Ha Jin’s poetry collection reveals the reverberations of home for those who have left it, and the necessity to be unafraid of the world or the place one comes from, to embrace the depth of one’s roots and at the same time claim the freedom of imagination” —Jennifer Wong, Asian Review of Books.