Item description for The Cemetery of Chua Village and Other Stories (Voices from Vietnam) by Doan Le, Rosemary Nguyen, Duong Tuong, Wayne Karlin, Le Oan & Tng Dng...
This seventh volume in the Voices from Vietnam Series introduces U. S. readers to another major figure in modern Vietnamese letters. Doan Le is noted for her versatility of style and her originality. As Wayne Karlin notes in his introduction, "she is a master of allegory and gently complex satire; in her stories, a frustrated petitioner, unable to obtain housing can change not only into a fly, but into a gay fly (or a fly pretending to be gay); the dead can mirror the snobberies and passions of the living; a man can try to reason out the complexities of his relationship with his father's clone. As those situations might tell us, her stories can often be fantastical-Sholom Aleichem's village of Helm channeled by Kafka through Our Town-or they can be deeply personal and realistic. In both cases they grow unabashedly from the real vicissitudes of her life."
Here, then, is the first presentation in English of a master of the short story in Vietnam. For the scholar, these stories will give insight into Vietnamese culture after the "renovation." For the general reader, these are intensely human and universal stories that deal with such subjects as greed, marriage, divorce, aging, human rights-stories that explore all the subtle enigmas of the human heart.
Doan Le was born in 1943 and she was one of Vietnam's first film actresses and later became a director. She is an accomplished painter as well as the author of a number of critically praised novels and short stories.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2005
Publisher Curbstone Press
ISBN 1931896127 ISBN13 9781931896122
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More About Doan Le, Rosemary Nguyen, Duong Tuong, Wayne Karlin, Le Oan & Tng Dng
Born in 1943. Le was one of post-war Vietnam's first film actors, and later became a script writer and author of numerous highly praised works of fiction.
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A CHOICE LITTLE GEM!! Feb 20, 2008
Pithy little tales sure to please the short story lover. Reality and imagination intertwine to create colorful and unforgettable characters. This reviewer would like to read additional work by the same author but thus far has found no additional material translated into English.
Note: this book is *not* a book about the Vietnam war, but rather an excellent example of contemporary Vietnamese fiction.