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Ha Jin’s seismically powerful new novel is at once an unblinking look into the bell jar of communist Chinese society and a portrait of the eternal compromises and deceptions of the human state. When the venerable professor Yang, a teacher of literature at a provincial university, has a stroke, his student Jian Wan is assigned to care for him. Since the dutiful Jian plans to marry his mentor’s beautiful, icy daughter, the job requires delicacy. Just how much delicacy becomes clear when Yang begins to rave.
Are these just the outpourings of a broken mind, or is Yang speaking the truth—about his family, his colleagues, and his life’s work? And will bearing witness to the truth end up breaking poor Jian’s heart? Combining warmth and intimacy with an unsparing social vision, The Crazed is Ha Jin’s most enthralling book to date.
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|Release Date: 12-18-2007|
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Everybody was surprised when Professor Yang suffered a stroke in the spring of 1989. He had always been in good
health, and his colleagues used to envy his energy and productiveness-he had published more than any of them and had
been a mainstay of the Literature Department, directing its M.A. program, editing a biannual journal, and teaching a full
load. Now even the undergraduates were talking about his collapse, and some of them would have gone to the hospital if
Secretary Peng had not announced that Mr. Yang, under intensive care, was in no condition to see visitors.
His stroke unsettled me, because I was engaged to his daughter, Meimei, and under his guidance I had been studying for
the Ph.D. entrance exams for the classical literature program at Beijing University. I hoped to enroll there so that I could
join my fianceé in the capital, where we planned to build our nest. Mr. Yang's hospitalization disrupted my work, and for
a whole week I hadn't sat down to my books, having to go see him every day. I was anxious-without thorough
preparation I couldn't possibly do well in the exams.
Just now, Ying Peng, the Party secretary of our department, had called me to her office. On her desk an electric fan was
whirring back and forth to blow out the odor of dichlorvos sprayed in the room to kill fleas. Her gray bangs were
fluttering as she described to me my job, which was to attend my teacher in the afternoons from now on. Besides me, my
fellow graduate student Banping Fang would look after Mr. Yang too; he was to take care of the mornings.
"Well, Jian Wan," Ying Peng said to me with a tight smile,