Professor Yang, a respected teacher of literature, has had a stroke and it falls to Jian Wan - who is also engaged to Yang's daughter - to care for him. It initially seems a simple duty until the professor begins to rave, pleading with invisible tormentors and denouncing his family...Are these just manifestations of illness, or is Yang spewing up the truth? In a China convulsed by the Tiananmen uprising, those who listen to the truth are as much at risk as those who speak it. Lyrical and heart-breaking, The Crazed is an incisive portrait of modern Chinese society.
Ha Jin left his native China in 1985 for the USA. He is the author of three books of poetry; three collections of stories, The Bridegroom, Under the Red Flag and Ocean of Words, a novella, In the Pond; and the international bestseller Waiting, winner of the US National Book Award. He lives in Boston.