Book Description: A New York Times Notable BookA Washington Post, Los Angeles times, and San Jose Mercury News Best Book of the YearHa Jinâ€™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 mentorâ€™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 truthâ€”about his family, his colleagues, and his lifeâ€™s work? And will bearing witness to the truth end up breaking poor Jianâ€™s heart? Combining warmth and intimacy with an unsparing social vision, The Crazed is Ha Jinâ€™s most enthralling book to date.