Vietnam: A Traveler's Literary Companion by John BalabanVietnam: A Traveler's Literary Companion by John Balaban

Vietnam: A Traveler's Literary Companion

EditorJohn Balaban, Nguyn Qui Duc

Paperback | October 11, 1996

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Since relations between the U.S. and Vietnam have normalized, many more people are traveling to this exotic country, previously closed to a generation of Western visitors.Vietnam provides one of the first chances for Americans to know the Vietnamese outside the context of war. Vietnamese have been telling stories for thousands of years, in poetry and in song, in Chinese script and then in Vietnamese nom, and more recently, in novels and short stories. These 17 stories, from contemporary Vietnamese writers living in Vietnam and abroad, take the literary traveler to extraordinary places: from the jungle-clad mountain ranges of the North to the mysterious silence of the old capital along the Perfume River. Proximity of the spirit world, love of family, exhaustion from war, one's Confucian, Taoist, and Buddhist obligations, social protest, and the hunger for a better life - these are some of the concerns to be encountered in these thrilling landscapes. Contributors include Nguyen Huy Thiep, Linh Bao, Nguyen Ba Trac, Thich Duc Thien, Ho Anh Thai, Le Minh Khue, Doan Quoc Sy, Vu Bao, Duong Thu Huong, Andrew Q. Lam, Nguyen Qui Duc, Qui The, Bao Ninh, and Pham ThiHoai.
Title:Vietnam: A Traveler's Literary CompanionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.25 × 5 × 0.7 inPublished:October 11, 1996Publisher:Whereabouts Press

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ISBN - 10:1883513022

ISBN - 13:9781883513023

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"Here are the best writers of my country, north and south".--Le Ly Hayslip. Proximity of the spirit world, love of family, exhaustion from war, social protest, and hunger for a better life are among the concerns encountered in these thrilling stories. 2-page map