Ha Jin

War Trash
  • War Trash

  • War Trash is the unforgettable story of Yu Yuan, a young Chinese army officer sent by Mao with a corps of 'volunteers' to help shore up the Communist side in Korea. When the Americans capture Yu, his command of English propels him into the role of unofficial interpreter in the psychological warfare that defines the POW camp. Desperate to return to his beloved fiancée and widowed mother, Yu is trapped by both barbed wire and politics...

Ha Jin left his native China in 1985 for the USA. He is the author of three novels, Waiting – winner of the 1999 National Book Award for Fiction, and the 2000 PEN/ Faulkner Award – In the Pond, The Crazed, three collections of stories and three volumes of poetry. He lives near Boston and teaches at Boston University.