Blogs in May 2020

The Sacred Willow 18th May 2020

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Duong Van Mai Elliott’s The Sacred Willow illuminates recent Vietnamese history by weaving together the stories of the lives of four generations of her family. Beginning with her great-grandfather, who rose from rural...

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Memories of a Pure Spring 18th May 2020

Memories of a Pure Spring is a mesmerizing portrait of modern Vietnam and its people who struggle to survive under the complexities of a post-war regime. During the Vietnam war, Hung, a well-known composer, becomes enchanted by the voice...

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The Lover 18th May 2020

Set in the prewar Indochina of Marguerite Duras’s childhood, this is the haunting tale of a tumultuous affair between an adolescent French girl and her Chinese lover. In spare yet luminous prose, Duras evokes life on the margins of...

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Water Buffalo Days 18th May 2020

For a young boy growing up in the hills of Central Vietnam, the days were full of adventure and excitement. Nhuong’s companion was Tank, the family water buffalo. Tank was extraordinary. He was fierce and fought off tigers and...

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Novel Without a Name 18th May 2020

Twenty-eight-year-old Quan has been fighting for the Communist cause in North Vietnam for a decade. Filled with idealism and hope when he first left his village, he now spends his days and nights dodging stray bullets and bombs, foraging...

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