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An edition of War trash: a novel (2004)

War trash

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Publisher
Penguin Books
Language
English
Pages
352

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Set in 1951–53, War Trash takes the form of the memoir of Yu Yuan, a young Chinese army officer, one of a corps of “volunteers” sent by Mao to help shore up the Communist side in Korea. When Yu is captured, his command of English thrusts him into the role of unofficial interpreter in the psychological warfare that defines the POW camp.

Taking us behind the barbed wire, Ha Jin draws on true historical accounts to render the complex world the prisoners inhabit—a world of strict surveillance and complete allegiance to authority. Under the rules of war and the constraints of captivity, every human instinct is called into question, to the point that what it means to be human comes to occupy the foremost position in every prisoner’s mind.

As Yu and his fellow captives struggle to create some sense of community while remaining watchful of the deceptions inherent in every exchange, only the idea of home can begin to hold out the promise that they might return to their former selves. But by the end of this unforgettable novel—an astonishing addition to the literature of war that echoes classics like Dostoevsky’s Memoirs from the House of the Dead and the works of Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen—the very concept of home will be more profoundly altered than they can even begin to imagine.

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Cover of: War trash
War trash
2005, Thorndike Press
in English
Cover of: War trash
War trash: a novel
2005, Vintage International
in English - 1st Vintage International ed.
Cover of: Zhan fei pin
Zhan fei pin
2005, Shi bao wen hua chu ban qi ye gu fen you xian gong si
in Chinese - 880-03 Chu ban.
Cover of: War trash
War trash
2005, Penguin Books
in English
Cover of: War trash
War trash
2004, Pantheon Books
in English

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London

Edition Notes

"First published in the United States of America by Pantheon Books 2004"--Title page verso.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 351-352).

Classifications

Library of Congress
PS3560.I6 W37 2005

The Physical Object

Pagination
viii, 352 pages
Number of pages
352

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL30113758M
Internet Archive
wartrash0000jinh
ISBN 10
0141024046
ISBN 13
9780141024042
OCLC/WorldCat
62123115

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