Posted by: koolwine | July 11, 2010

Vietnam: Paradise of the Blind

Country: Vietnam

Local Name: Việt Nam

Title: Paradise of the Blind

Author: Duong Thu Huong (Vietnamese)
“I never intended to write.  It just happened because of the pain.”

Translators: Phan Huy Duong and Nina McPherson

Published: 1988 Pages: 258

Acclaim: One of Vietnam’s most popular writers; the first novel from Vietnam published in the U.S.; banned in Vietnam

Setting: Post-war Vietnam, circa 1970 – 1985, in both Vietnam and the Soviet Union

Summary: Traditional and complex family relationships weigh heavily on Hang, a young Vietnamese woman.  Despite the fact that her domineering uncle, a communist official, caused her father and mother’s separation, her mother becomes obsessed with helping his family to the detriment of her own.  Hang is forced to take factory work in the Soviet Union, but the devotion and wealth of her paternal aunt offer a chance for a better life.


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