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Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam Paperback – February 7, 2006
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But I do applaud Linh Dinh for the scope of this collection--in this, he puts together works from both literary and popular authors. Though Vietnam is clearly a place torn in its artistic identity (as we learn in the introduction, one of Vietnam's most famous writers, Duong Thu Huong, is banned), this collection is a good intro to let you learn of some names that hopefully will be a little more available in English in the near future (and they are--check Amazon for Nguyen Huy Thiep, Thu Huong Duong and others). Linh Dinh set out to expose a new landscape in literature, and his collection certainly does that.
The oldest author was Nguyen Minh Chau (1930-89), who was called the earliest champion of Doi Moi (Renovation) in the country's literature. The youngest was Do Phuoc Tien (1966-).
The anthology introduced works by some of the foremost champions of Doi Moi literature or debunkers of socialist utopias (Nguyen Minh Chau, Duong Thu Huong, Le Minh Khue) as well as the one called the most influential for his use of language (Nguyen Huy Thiep) and one of the most popular (Bao Ninh). Others were from both the north and south, including six who live abroad, in Europe or the United States.
A number of the stories could be described as somber realism. They showed the effects of poverty and materialism that made people behave badly -- either straightforwardly, as in the pieces by Nguyen Thi Am and The Giang, or satirically, in the one by Le Minh Khue. One by Duong Thu Huong showed a civil servant looking back over his life and regretting choices made. Others showed the dislocation of war, as in the story by Bao Ninh set during wartime that referenced a Vietnamese folktale, and one by Nguyen Minh Chau that showed a character suffering from a wartime injury, which was probably based on his own life.
Other authors (Do Khiem, Duc Ban, Pham Thi Hoai, Tran Ngoc Tuan, Do Phuoc Tien) were more interested in cryptic formal experimentation or plumbing their own subjectivity.Read more ›
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Night Again is a collection of short stories by contemporary Vietnamese writers, translated into English. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ms Abigail Bolland
A recent visit to Vietnam and Cambodia triggered a search for literature from these countries by authors indigenous to the area. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Maurice Williams
really interesting -- highly recommend. gives a taste of many of vietnam's leading writers for beginners in the subject like myselfPublished on October 2, 2013 by cloudy
Theirs a good collection of great stories , a few deal with war and loss , but if you read all the stories you'll find some good comedy in here .Published on December 7, 2012 by Keith Wilson
I loved these stories, they give a unique view into a culture you might have never known about otherwise. All these stories are amazing and gritty.Published on October 23, 2012 by Sify