Nanjing Requiem

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Oct 2, 2012 - Fiction - 300 pages
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It’s 1937, and the Japanese are poised to invade Nanjing. Minnie Vautrin, an American missionary and the dean of Jinling Women’s College, decides to remain at the school, convinced that her American citizenship will help her safeguard the welfare of the Chinese men and women who work there. She is painfully mistaken. In the aftermath of the invasion, the school becomes a refugee camp for more than ten thousand homeless women and children, and Vautrin must struggle, day after day, to intercede on the behalf of the hapless victims. Yet even when order and civility are restored, she remains deeply embattled, always haunted by the lives she could not save.
 
At once a searing story that unfurls during one of the darkest moments of the twentieth century and an indelible portrait of a singular and brave woman,Nanjing Requiemis another tour de force from the National Book Award-winning author ofWaiting.

 

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User Review  - maritimer - LibraryThing

Ha Jin's prose is typically understated and monochromatic. This lends itself well to intimate tales set poignantly against implacably oppressive backdrops. In Nanjing Requiem, however, with its full ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sullywriter - LibraryThing

A good historical novel about the Rape of Nanking and subsequent occupation by the Japanese army told from the perspective of a Chinese woman who works with Minnie Vautrin, an American missionary who ... Read full review

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Ha Jin's previous books include the internationally bestselling Waiting, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award and the National Book Award; War Trash, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award; the story collections Under the Red Flag, which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and Ocean of Words, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award; and three books of poetry.

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