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In the Pond

(1998)
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National Book Award-winner Ha Jin's arresting debut novel , In the Pond, is a darkly funny portrait of an amateur calligrapher who wields his delicate artist's brush as a weapon against the powerful party bureaucrats who rule his provincial Chinese town.

Shao Bin is a downtrodden worker at the Harvest Fertilizer Plant by day and an aspiring artist by night. Passed over on the list to receive a decent apartment for his young family, while those in favor with the party's leaders are selected ahead of him, Shao Bin chafes at his powerlessness. When he attempts to expose his corrupt superiors by circulating satirical cartoons, he provokes an escalating series of merciless counterattacks that send ripples beyond his small community. Artfully crafted and suffused with earthy wit, In the Pond is a moving tale about humble lives caught up in larger social forces.


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March 2000 : USA Library Binding
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Title: In the Pond
Author(s): Ha Jin
ISBN: 0-613-36829-0 / 978-0-613-36829-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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June 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: In the Pond
Author(s): Ha Jin
ISBN: 0-944072-92-5 / 978-0-944072-92-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Zoland Books
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Paperback Editions

January 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: In The Pond
Author(s): Ha Jin
ISBN: 0-09-942816-4 / 978-0-09-942816-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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August 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: In The Pond
Author(s): Ha Jin
ISBN: 0-09-942934-9 / 978-0-09-942934-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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January 2000 : USA Paperback

Title: In the Pond
Author(s): Ha Jin
ISBN: 0-606-21847-5 / 978-0-606-21847-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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March 2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: In the Pond
Author(s): Ha Jin
ISBN: 0-375-70911-8 / 978-0-375-70911-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Kindle Editions

October 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: In the Pond (Vintage International)
Author(s): Ha Jin
Publisher: Vintage
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