Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam

Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam

by Linh Dinh

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Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam by Linh Dinh

A couple's scheme to get rich by killing their father backfires, leaving them in charge of a cripple. In heaven, a baby, dead through neglect, tells his playmates: "Life down there is just one long sleep." A young soldier, saved by a stranger, can never again find her to thank her. A man carries a massive clock. Using a variety of techniques and styles, in this collection of twelve short stories contemporary Vietnamese writers—edited by poet, short story writer, and novelist Linh Dinh—show us Vietnam through their own eyes. Night, Again breaks with the traditional views of the Vietnamese that have focused on the Vietnam War and turns our attention to postwar life in Vietnam. These writers present impressions--at once strange and familiar--of postwar realities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583229682
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication date: 01/04/2011
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 233 KB

About the Author

A recipient of a Pew Foundation grant, a David T. Wong Fellowship, a Lannan Residency and, most recently, the Asian American Literary Award, LINH DINH was born in Saigon in 1963 and emigrated to the United States in 1975. An acclaimed and provocative writer of short stories and contemporary fables, he is also the author of several books of poems and a novel, Love Like Hate. Linh has edited the anthologies Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam and Three Vietnamese Poets. His collection of stories, Blood and Soap was chosen by the Village Voice as one of the Best Books of 2004. Linh's nonfiction essays have been published regularly at Unz ReviewLewRockwellIntrepid Report and CounterCurrents, and his blog, Postcards from the End of America (linhdinhphotos.blogspot.com), is followed by thousands of readers. He has also published widely in Vietnamese.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Introductionix
Sleeping on Earth1
A Marker on the Side of the Boat7
Reflections of Spring17
Without a King27
The River's Curse49
Scenes from an Alley61
The Way Station71
A Stagnant Water Place81
Nine Down Makes Ten87
Men, Women and Flowers99
In the Recovery Room103
Gunboat on the Yangtze125
The Pre-War Atmosphere143
A Ferry Stop in the Country161
Authors' Biographies167
Translators' Biographies171
Credits173

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