Blogs in November 2020

Play The Red Queen 10th November 2020

Viet Nam, 1963. A female Viet Cong assassin is trawling the boulevards of Saigon, catching US Army officers off-guard with a single pistol shot, then riding off on the back of a scooter. Although the US military is not...

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The Song of Kieu 16th August 2020

Ever since it exploded into Vietnam’s cultural life two centuries ago, The Song of Kieu has been one of that nation’s most beloved and defining central myths. It recounts the tragic fate of the beautiful singer and poet Kieu,...

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The Disaster Tourist 28th June 2020

Yona has been stuck behind a desk for years working as a programming coordinator for Jungle, a travel company specialising in package holidays to destinations ravaged by disaster. When a senior colleague touches her inappropriately she tries to complain,...

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The Infinite Plan 19th June 2020

Isabel Allende’s powerful tale of one boy’s escape from the slums of Los Angeles. This magnificent novel tells the story of Gregory Reeves, the son of Charles, an itinerant preacher. As a boy, Gregory accepts the endless journeying and...

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Dumb Luck 18th May 2020

Banned in Vietnam until 1986, Dumb Luck–by the controversial and influential Vietnamese writer Vu Trong Phung–is a bitter satire of the rage for modernization in Vietnam during the late colonial era. First published in Hanoi during 1936, it follows...

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