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Under the Red Flag


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Format Paperback
ISBN 978-1-58195-006-9
Published Jun 1, 1998
Imprint Steerforth Press
Fiction - Cultural Heritage Fiction - Literary Fiction - Short Stories (single author) Literary Fiction Short Stories

Winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for short fiction, Under the Red Flag features twelve stories which take place during China’s Cultural Revolution–stories which display the earnestness and grandeur of human folly and, in a larger sense, form a moral history of a time and a place.


Ha Jin's Dismount Fort teems with vivid life and people who grow ever less strange as their struggles unfold. An exotic subject matter helps, but narrative talent proves victorious." -- Time Magazine

Splendidly fluid and clear: Ha Jin has managed to make an utterly alien world seem as familiar as an old friend." -- Kirkus Reviews

Ha Jin is a master satirist, not so much of Chinese politics as of the human psyche when it's being twisted and pummeled by some higher authority." -- The Chicago Tribune

[Ha Jin] infuses his tales with unforgettable characters who are grappling with questions of honor and shame, passion vs. respectability." -- San Jose Mercury News

Mr. Jin's haunting portraits of life in China, particularly during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s, are shattering conventional expectations of what it is to be a "Chinese writer," and at the same time attracting torrents of praise." -- The Asian Wall Street Journal

About the Author

Ha Jin

Ha Jin was born in Liaoning, China and served six years in the People’s Liberation Army before emigrating to the United States in 1985. He currently teaches at Emory University in Atlanta.

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