Book Description: As a teenager during Chinaâ€™s Cultural Revolution, Ha Jin served as an uneducated soldier in the Peopleâ€™s Liberation Army. Thirty years later, a resident of the United States, he won the National Book Award for his novel Waiting, completing a trajectory that has established him as one of the most admired exemplars of world literature.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Ha Jinâ€™s journey raises rich and fascinating questions about language, migration, and the place of literature in a rapidly globalizing worldâ€”questions that take center stage in The Writer as Migrant, his first work of nonfiction. Consisting of three interconnected essays, this book sets Ha Jinâ€™s own work and life alongside those of other literary exiles, creating a conversation across cultures and between eras. He employs the cases of Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Chinese novelist Lin Yutang to illustrate the obligation a writer feels to the land of his birth, while Joseph Conrad and Vladimir Nabokovâ€”who, like Ha Jin, adopted English for their writingâ€”are enlisted to explore a migrant authorâ€™s conscious choice of a literary language. A final essay draws on V. S. Naipaul and Milan Kundera to consider the ways in which our era of perpetual change forces a migrant writer to reconceptualize the very idea of home. Throughout, Jin brings other celebrated writers into the conversation as well, including W. G. Sebald, C. P. Cavafy, and Salman Rushdieâ€”refracting and refining the very idea of a literature of migration.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Simultaneously a reflection on a crucial theme and a fascinating glimpse at the writers who compose Ha Jinâ€™s mental library, The Writer as Migrant is a work of passionately engaged criticism, one rooted in departures but feeling like a new arrival.