Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781880684924
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 11/17/2003
Series: Voices from Vietnam Series
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Nguyen Huy Thiep, who was born in Hanoi in 1950, spent much of his youth in rural Vietnam where his mother worked as an agricultural laborer. By 1987, he began to be published in the major literary journals in Vietnam, and in 1988, more than 20 of his stories were published. He is widely considered Vietnam's finest short story writer.

Table of Contents


Crossing the River
Lessons from the Countryside
The General Retires
Without a King
My Uncle Hoat
The Winds of Hua Tat: Ten Stories in a Small Mountain Village
The Salt of the Jungle
A Drop of Blood
A Sharp Sword
Fired Gold
Life's So Fun
Love Story Told on a Rainy Night
Remembrance of the Countryside
The Water Nymph
The Woodcutters

The Translators

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Crossing the River 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
plappen on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Crossing the River: Short Fiction by Nguyen Huy Thiep, Nguyen Nguyet Cam and Dana Sachs (ed.), Curbstone Press, 2003In the late 1980s, Vietnam was one of the poorest countries in the world. Combine post-war devastation with less-than-component running of the economy and the loss of a major source of aid, the Soviet Union, and the Vietnamese government started a process of renovation or "doi moi." The intention was to bring the economy more in line with market forces, but the government also eased its controls on Vietnamese literature. The author¿s stories created a huge sensation and open controversy with their depiction of a society full of individualism and greed. This was in great contrast to the proletarian, government-approved stories that had been published up until that time. Some of these tales take place in the present day, while others include famous figures from Vietnamese history. Even the historical stories are characterized by alienation and lack of patriotism.This book is really good. These stories are about humanity, about people just trying to get through this thing called life. They are universal stories that could have been set anywhere in the world. It is very much worth reading, once the reader gets past the lack of familiarity with Vietnamese culture.