Diary of a Madman

  title={Diary of a Madman},
  author={J. Wasserstrom},
  journal={Critical Asian Studies},
  pages={162 - 167}
Ha Jin, who left China in 1985 and has never returned, became a literary star several years ago with the appearance of his National Book Award-winning novel Waiting. This work won its author praise for his spare prose style, keen descriptive eye, and ability to render effectively the frequent sorrows and occasional joys of flawed but empathetic characters struggling to make difficult choices in difficult circumstances. Waiting was also noteworthy for several other things. It maintained the… Expand