Ha Jin “The Woman Back from Moscow: In Pursuit of Beauty" in conv. w/ William Pierce - 3/26 at 6pm - Boston Store

East End Books Boston Seaport presents: Ha Jin “The Woman Back from Moscow: In Pursuit of Beauty" in conv. w/ William Pierce - 3/26 at 6pm - Boston Store.

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Through the life of a remarkable woman—based on pioneering stage director Sun Weishi (1921–1968)—this epic novel immerses us in the multifaceted history of China’s Communist Party.

A powerful, insightful account from the National Book Award–winning author, who came of age during the Cultural Revolution.

As a promising young actress, Sun Weishi made the critical decision to pursue her studies in Moscow—with the blessing of her influential adoptive father, Zhou Enlai, and Mao himself. The valuable insights she gained there during World War II, most notably the significance of characters' inner lives, would enable her to excel back in China, where she produced works by Chekhov and Gogol, and other socially progressive dramas, such as an adaptation of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Her striking career as China's first female director of modern spoken drama (Huaju) would be derailed with the advent of the Cultural Revolution in 1966, however, which put her once again at odds with an old enemy—Jiang Qing, a fellow actress who schemed her way to the top as Mao's fourth and final wife.

Through the decades-long rivalry between these two complex women, and their differing approaches to the men in power who shaped their lives, Ha Jin deftly explores the ideals of communism and the reality of the Chinese Communist Party. At the same time, the novel captivates us with Sun Weishi's personal struggles and triumphs, as she navigates friendship, love, art, and politics amidst the great events of the twentieth century.

Ha Jin

Ha Jin grew up in mainland China and served in the People’s Liberation Army in his teens for five years. After leaving the army, he worked for three years at a railroad company in a remote northeastern city, Jiamusi, and then went to college in Harbin, majoring in English. He has published in English nine novels, four story collections, four volumes of poetry, a book of essays, and a biography of Li Bai. His novel Waiting won the National Book Award for Fiction, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Ha Jin is William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor in English and Creative Writing at Boston University, and he has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His writing has been translated into more than thirty languages.

William Pierce’s fiction has appeared in GrantaEcotoneAmerican Literary Review, and elsewhere. Excerpts from his as-yet-unpublished novel This Otherworldly Noise have appeared in Harvard ReviewThe Western Humanities Review, and Literary Hub. He is coeditor of AGNI and the author of Reality Hunger: On Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle (Arrowsmith Press, 2016), a monograph first serialized as a three-part essay in The Los Angeles Review of Books.

Event date: 
Tuesday, March 26, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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300 Pier 4 Blvd.
Unit 4
Boston, MA 02210
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By Ha Jin
ISBN: 9781635423778
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Published: Other Press - November 28th, 2023

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