Fiction & Literature from Viet Nam
The Sympathizer: A Novel
Viet Thanh Nguyen
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Wild Mustard: New Voices from Viet Nam
Van Giá (Author), Charles Waugh (Editor), Lien Nguyen (Editor), Ngoc Tu Nguyen (Contributor), Anh Vu Nguyen (Contributor), Vinh Nguyen Nguyen (Contributor), Dinh Tu Nguyen (Contributor), and The Hung Nguyen (Contributor)
Wild Mustard, an anthology of prizewinning short fiction by contemporary Vietnamese writers, throws into relief the transformations of self and place that followed Vietnam’s turn toward a market economy. In just three decades, since the 1986 policy known as doi moi (renovation) ended collectivization and integrated Vietnam into world markets, the country has transformed from one of the poorest and most isolated on earth into a dynamic global economy. The nineteen stories in this volume capture the kaleidoscopic experiences of Vietnam’s youth, navigating between home and newly expanded horizons, as they seek new opportunities through migration, education, and integration not only into their nation but into the world.
In the tradition of the “Under 40” collections popularized by magazines such as the New Yorker and Granta, but with greater stakes and greater differences between the previous generation of writers and this new one, Wild Mustard seeks to change how North American readers think of Vietnam. Escaping the common fixation on the Vietnam War and its aftermath, these stories reflect the movement and dynamism of the young Vietnamese who locate themselves amid the transnational encounters and proliferating identities of a global economy.
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Paradise of the Blind
Duong Thu Hoang (Author) and Nina McPherson (Author)
The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Viet Nam
Bao Ninh (Author), Frank Palmos (Editor), and Phan Thanh Hao (Translator)
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