A Traveler's Literary Companion
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Vietnam by John Balaban
Book DescriptionSince relations between the U.S. and Vietnam have normalized, many more 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 nom, and more 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9781883513023
(185mm x 125mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Whereabouts Press
Publisher: Whereabouts Press
Publish Date: 1-Oct-1996
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author John Balaban
CA DAO Vietnam, Paperback / softback (August 2003)
A bilingual anthology of lyric poem-songs from Vietnam's oral folk tradition, this revised edition includes new poems and an eloquent Introduction explicating poetry's importance in Vietnamese culture.
Spring Essence, Paperback / softback (October 2000)» View all books by John Balaban
This major cultural and historical event features ancient Vietnames script and translations by premier American poet.
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Author Biography - John Balaban
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