Novel Without a Name
By (author) Duong Thu Huong
Translated by Phan Huy Duong Nina McPherson
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Novel Without a Name by Duong Thu Huong
Book DescriptionA piercing, unforgettable tale of the horror and spiritual weariness of war, Novel Without a Name will shatter every preconception Americans have about what happened in the jungles of Vietnam. With Duong Thu Huong, whose Paradise of the Blind was published to high critical acclaim in 1993, Vietnam has found a voice both lyrical and stark, powerful enough to capture the conflict that left millions dead and spiritually destroyed her generation. Banned in the author's native country for its scathing dissection of the day-to-day realities of life for the Vietnamese during the final years of the "Vietnam War, " Novel Without a Name invites comparison with All Quiet on the Western Front and other classic works of war fiction. The war is seen through the eyes of Quan, a North Vietnamese bo doi (soldier of the people) who joined the army at eighteen, full of idealism and love for the Communist party and its cause of national liberation. But ten years later, after leading his platoon through almost a decade of unimaginable horror and deprivation, Quan is disillusioned by his odyssey of loss and struggle. Furloughed back to his village in search of a fellow soldier, Quan undertakes a harrowing, solitary journey through the tortuous jungles of central Vietnam and his own unspeakable memories.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140255102
Paperback / softback
(197mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Imprint: The Penguin Press
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Publish Date: 13-Jun-2009
Country of Publication: United States
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In 1975, and in the remote Vietnamese village of Mountain Hamlet, a wounded, penniless veteran, long thought dead, has returned to claim his now-remarried wife. Now she must choose between the man she loves and the destiny she is honor-bound to fulfill.
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Author Biography - Duong Thu Huong
Duong Thu Huong, author of Paradise of the Blind and Novel Without a Name (both from Penguin) is an advocate of human rights and democratic political reform, and was expelled from the Communist Party and imprisoned without trial in 1991. The Vietnamese government has effectively banned all of her novels. She lives in Hanoi.
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