Vietnam: A Traveler's Literary Companion

Vietnam A Traveler s Literary Companion Since relations between the U S and Vietnam have normalized many people are traveling to this exotic country previously closed to a generation of Western visitors Vietnam provides one of the first c

  • Title: Vietnam: A Traveler's Literary Companion
  • Author: John Balaban Nguyễn Quí Đức Nguyễn Huy Thiệp
  • ISBN: 9781883513023
  • Page: 394
  • Format: Paperback
  • Since relations between the U.S and Vietnam have normalized, many people are traveling to this exotic country, previously closed to a generation of Western visitors Vietnam provides one of the first chances for Americans to know the Vietnamese outside the context of war Vietnamese have been telling stories for thousands of years, in poetry and in song, in Chinese sSince relations between the U.S and Vietnam have normalized, many people are traveling to this exotic country, previously closed to a generation of Western visitors Vietnam provides one of the first chances for Americans to know the Vietnamese outside the context of war Vietnamese have been telling stories for thousands of years, in poetry and in song, in Chinese script and then in Vietnamese n m, and recently, in novels and short stories These 17 stories, from contemporary Vietnamese writers living in Vietnam and abroad, take the literary traveler to extraordinary places from the jungle clad mountain ranges of the North to the mysterious silence of the old capital along the Perfume River Proximity of the spirit world, love of family, exhaustion from war, one s Confucian, Taoist, and Buddhist obligations, social protest, and the hunger for a better life these are some of the concerns to be encountered in these thrilling landscapes Contributors include Nguyen Huy Thiep, Linh Bao, Nguyen Ba Trac, Thich Duc Thien, Ho Anh Thai, Le Minh Khue, Doan Quoc Sy, Vu Bao, Duong Thu Huong, Andrew Q Lam, Nguyen Qui Duc, Qui The, Bao Ninh, and Pham Thi Hoai.

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  • John Balaban Nguyễn Quí Đức Nguyễn Huy Thiệp

    John Balaban b 1943 is the author of twelve books of poetry and prose He has won several awards, including the Lamont Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets, a National Poetry Series Selection, and, forLocusts at the Edge of Summer New and Selected Poems, the 1998 William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America He was named the 2001 2004 National Artist for the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi In 2003, he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship He has also been nominated twice for the National Book Award In addition to writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, Balaban translates Vietnamese poetry he is also a past president of the American Literary Translators Association Balaban is a poet in residence and English professor in the creative writing program at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

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  • This anthology consists of seventeen short stories written by "the best Vietnamese writers, at home and abroad," selected and edited by one Vietnamese, Nguyen Qui Duc, and one American, John Balaban. Prior to my picking up this collection, I had only vaguely heard of Mr. Nguyen, while Mr. Balaban was mainly known to me as the translator of Spring Essence, the first book-length collection of 18th-19th century Vietnamese bard Ho Xuan Huong's poetry to appear in English (Mr. Balaban was also one of [...]


  • Read for my Vietnam Travel Seminar. I didn't love all of the stories in this collection, and don't feel that many of them tell me much about the place -- which is something I would expect out of a "traveler's literary companion." I actually did try to read this while traveling through Vietnam, but found I didn't have enough time. What's more, the book is missing some of the places I traveled to and has some odd, generalized categories like "rivers" and "jungles." The jungle category kind of make [...]


  • The stories here are full of atmosphere, containing some gems of characters and language. Each one brings in a different perspective and a slightly different take on location, so there's a great variety within the book, even with the focus on Vietnam and Vietnamese authors. The most powerful pieces are actually the ones that have less of a concentration on physical place, though, as these tend to be the stories that evolve with more attention to complex characters within the larger social or pol [...]


  • This collections of short stories by Vietnamese authors was recommended by the organizers of the trip I'll be taking to the area later this year. The stories give the readers a glimpse of Vietnam through the eyes of a multitude of different characters, in different places, and during different eras. The writing is more literary in feel, which was not unexpected. The stories all describe a culture that is rich in history and focused on family. I'm really looking forward to my trip!


  • I really liked this book of short stories, some very touching and felt closer to the country than through most of the other books I have read. Definitely recommend it for folks living or traveling in Vietnam.


  • This is a collection of Vietnamese short-stories from famous native authors. The rhythm of many of the stories is different than Western writing, so one story I just couldn't parse. Most, though, were interesting and allowed another glimpse into a fascinating country.


  • I can't say that I liked all the stories, but it did give me some insight to the culture of the Vietnamese. I will be visiting Vietnam in a few months and look forward to meeting the people and seeing their country.



  • Collection of short stories all about or by Vietnamese. Topics and writing styles vary. Very interesting look into aspects of Vietnamese culture.


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