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Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  69 Ratings  ·  11 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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Marcelo Siblag IV
Parang galing Pilipinas ang mga kuwento. Urban poor lit ng Pinas magkamukha sa urban poor lit ng Vietnam. Sa madaling salita, pare-parehas lang ang mga ubran poor. Magkakamukha lang ang mga panget na pokpok, ang mga magugulong pamilya, at ang mga mapapangheng eskinita.

Meron ding mga kuwentong hindi urban poor sa koleksyon na ito. Mga love story na nagsimula sa sad ending. Mga love story ng nakaraan na matagal nang naibaon sa lupa pero hindi makalimutan. Pota. Bakit nga ba ang tagal natin mapagt
Nam Pham
A compilation of several stories with different proximity to the motherland and fluency of translation, from satire to existential text. While most felt unfulfilled, the exposure left me with a strange desire to read something in my mother tongue. Oh, how I hate nostalgia.

Dịch được lời, chứ chưa chắc đã dịch được ý. Ai nói ấy nhỉ.
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
Vivienne Strauss
I'm so glad to have stumbled upon this collection of short stories - each one will break your heart in a profoundly unique way.
Mar 30, 2013 Keti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it. It is a sad reflection on the post-Reform Vietnamese society, where the glorious Revolution has ultimately failed.
Nov 16, 2014 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
a lot of the stories appear to lose something in translation, but there were a few pretty good ones. it's really somewhere between 2 and 3 stars, but gets the round up because all the stories are by vietnamese authors and most offer a look at vietnamese culture, which is what i was hoping for.
Jul 05, 2016 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a marvelous collection, demonstrating a number of different writers who apparently write very different kinds of stories though all of high quality. I enjoyed it a great deal. I might have to track down some other stuff from a few of these authors. I'm intrigued.
Sep 07, 2015 Malika rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did not like this book, mostly because the stories were dark and depressing, and I like my fiction to have a happy ending. The translation was great - beautiful, but still keeping the feeling of the original language.
Dec 18, 2007 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Not all the stories are equally good; judging by the merit of the best stories, I would have give it 4 stars.
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