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Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  41 ratings  ·  5 reviews
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...more
ebook, 177 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Seven Stories Press (first published June 1996)
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In this collection from Seven Stories Press, Linh Dinh has collected together twelve works of fiction by Vietnamese writers. Some of these works are quite sharp, like Nguyen Thi Am's "Sleeping on Earth," a story that by itself is worth the sticker price of this book. Other stories, like The Giang's "A stagnant Water Place," are inventive, but ultimately unfulfilling.

But I do applaud Linh Dinh for the scope of this collection--in this, he puts together works from both literary and popular author...more
beautiful short stories that are really meaningful especially if you are Vietnamese or have spent time in the country. Great great literature coming out now...excellent translations.
I loved it. It is a sad reflection on the post-Reform Vietnamese society, where the glorious Revolution has ultimately failed.
Not all the stories are equally good; judging by the merit of the best stories, I would have give it 4 stars.
A rather depressing read!
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